Why doesn't Canada have a law that makes spam illegal?
Canada has its National Task Force on Spam that recently submitted their final report which includes a recommendation for a Canadian spam law. This includes the need for opt-in, unlike the US spam laws which just require senders to remove people if they request it (opt out). However, reading a recent comment by Michael Geist, a member of the task force, I don't hold out too much hope that we will have such a law in place any time soon.
To tell you the truth, I am considering writing (maybe sending an email) to my member of Parliament to suggest this is actually a pretty wide-spread concern and that spam is truly something every person online has to deal with to some degree.
Am I right?
I checked with 10 people today who do not work in the marketing or online industries and who have an email account. Every single one of them considered spam a pain in the bum. All but 1 person had multiple email addresses. Less than half knew if they had a spam filter for their email account(s) and all said they received spam every week. So what's the political opportunity here?
h2. Everyone polled said they want the government to create anti-spam legislation.
But it has to be done right? What always scares me is leaving this stuff to the government.
After all, they commonly pass unenforceable laws. Either these are too weak to stand up in court or there aren't enough resources to fight the law-breakers. Too bad the federal government blew over $1 billion of our money on the gun registry. I am serious when I say that I think spam affects more people than guns and therefore more people would support anti-spam laws.
But please don't create something like a do-not-email registry. Just like I doubt criminals who use guns will register their illegal firearms, I also doubt spammers are going to use a do-not-email list and remove email addresses from their records.
h2. What's the solution?
How do we get a workable Canadian spam law that will help reduce spam sent to and from Canada? Let me know your thoughts. You can email me or post your comments below.