The spamfighting world will have a new partner very soon. The Canadian Senate accepted the bill, C-28, on 14 December 2010. It is put to the Governor General of Canada today to sign. From presentations in the recent past I can state that the bill has taken the best practices in anti-spamlaws and practices from across the globe and integrated it. Congratulations!
But beware, Canada. This is only the first step. In order to be really up there, it is necessary to have an enforcement agency that is able and willing to make a difference too. From what I understand the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) is given ample tools and a budget to live up to her new tasks. I’m confident that the spam enforcement agencies in the world look forward to cooperating with the CRTC. The third step is a board at CRTC who is not afraid of fining perpetrators for the full value of their earnings. The cases that really merit a steep fine have to be treated as such. The last step is judges who understand the Internet’s workings and are able to understand how and why harm was done. No matter how complex a spamming outfit was set up. There are a few very discouraging examples in the world. Do not wait with offering judges an education on Internet related topics until the first case hits the court.
CAUCE Canada raised the victory flag after 12 years of lobbying for the anti-spamlaw. Look up an overview of CAUCE’s work of the past 12 years here.
Wout de Natris
Leiderdorp, 15 December 2010