Good Old Canadians

On Tuesday Canada passed a law making it illegal to send someone a commercial email without their consent.

The penalty for an individual sending a commercial email without consent is a million Canadian dollars or $940,000 US dollars.

The penalty for a company sending a commercial email without consent is ten million Canadian dollars.

The application of the law will be regulated by Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission.

Consent can be implied – e.g. for existing customers.

This seems like a good idea.



  1. I think one of the blessings of being in Europe is that the EC is being tough on companies invading privacy and if we were out of the EU the UK government would roll over and let us all be shafted – just like in America, DontAgree. The political power which companies have in America is, as you say, scandalous.

  2. Hear hear,
    But can we also get rid of the ‘implied consent’? As a customer it is only just that one can opt-out of this junk mail.

    Heck in Europe we can now ask ‘to be forgotten’ in general searches, why can’t I ask a business that I patronize to forget about me?

    Of course none of this is going to happen in USA since the country is run by companies.

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