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RYERSON UNIVERSITY Final Paper LAW 723 Karan Bhamidipati 4/27/2009
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Spamming and Anti Spam Bill Spam is an unsolicited e-mail, often of a commercial nature, sent indiscriminately to multiple mailing lists, individuals, or newsgroups 1 . There are many different types of spam such as dictionary attacks, harvesting and phishing. By the end of 2004, 70% of global mail comprised of spam 2 . There has been an increase in the amount of spending towards protection against spamming. Therefore, I agree with Professor Michael Geist that Canada needs to regulate spam and the Anti spam bill is a step forward towards this direction. The reasons for me to concur with Geist are that; spam can be a costly affair for the recipient, it involves a lot of money to manage spam, and it causes a loss of billions of dollars to corporations thus making it very important for everyone to curb spam. There are many ways to keep spam away. We can block, filter and install tools which deal with spam but there is a cost for such software’s and tools. In addition to these, I feel that there should be anti spam laws to convict people who profit from illegal spamming and cause a lot of damage to individuals. All other western countries have anti spam laws except Canada, therefore this essay will try to answer the question as to why we need 1   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spam_(electronic)
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an anti spam bill. Also, I will compare the anti spam bill with USA’s CAN SPAM Act to measure its credibility and how it ranks up against it. The Anti spam bill was introduced by Sen. Yoine Goldstein of Quebec and is currently in second reading in the Senate. The main points that are covered in the bill are that it creates a new outline and content requirements for commercial electronic messages. The bill also prohibits the sending of electronic messages without the recipients consent. Also, the recipients can opt out of the relationship they have with the businesses and they can’t send electronic messages to them thereafter. The Anti spam bill prevents companies from using common spamming techniques such as dictionary attacks and address harvesting. It also puts a ban on creating phishing websites. The main aspect of the bill has been the punishments that it proposes for offenders; a fine can range up to $1.5 million dollars and also prison term of up to five years, depending on the nature of offence. 3 Michael Geist in his article describes some of the main aspects of the anti spam bill and why they are important in the Canadian judiciary. He says in his article that Canada is fast becoming a safe haven for spammers because of the lack of anti spam regulations 4 . Geist also says that Canada is the only western country to neglect this spamming issue. According to him 2 3
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