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Canada's anti-spam law gets first success with $1.1m fine

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Canada's fledgling anti-spam laws have brought their first success, with a $1.1 million fine levied against a Canadian business training firm.

The firm featured in 26% of almost 250,000 complaints received under the system since its launch last July.

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), which operates Canada's spam regulations, found that Quebec-based Compu-Finder had made four violations of the anti-spam regulations, including sending bulk mails to addresses without proper consent and failing to provide functioning unsubscribe systems.

Canada's anti-spam laws were a long time coming, with repeated postponements, delays and revamps going back well over five years.

When they finally came into force in 2014, there was much debate over whether the new regulations were too strict, or whether a three-year grace period for those with existing relationships with the targets of their spamming was in fact too lenient.

Confusion over the implications...(continued)

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