Canadian Government to Launch Reporting Centre to Crack Down on Spam

Canada’s federal government is preparing to launch a spam reporting centre aimed at cracking down on illegal and annoying calls, texts, email, and social network messages. The private sector will collaborate with the government to establish and operate a facility that will bring Canada up to par with international spam-reduction standards.

The Canadian government believes spam is an increasing threat to the country’s economy, suggesting that it undermines consumer confidence in e-commerce. It has allocated $700,000 annually for the SRC.

Tens of millions of spam emails are sent daily. Consulting Neil Schwartzman calls Canada’s lack of crackdowns on spam is “unbelievable.” Anti-spam legislation that passed in 2010 has yet to come into effect and the SRC does not have a concrete timeline in place.

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