A government standing committee has made recommendations for revision of Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation to provide clarity to organizations, including assisting them in interpreting and applying the law.
The Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology (INDU) made 13 recommendations in its report, released last month. The theme of INDU’s recommendations was clarification, says David Elder, who practises communications, competition and privacy law with Stikeman Elliott LLP in Ottawa.
“There is uncertainty and vagueness in the law which makes it difficult [for businesses] to comply; when you combine that with heavy financial penalties, it makes it difficult” for Canadian businesses to market their products and services. Also, Elder told Legal Feeds, “it would be desirable to have more transparency and certainty in terms of the enforcement models.”