Many people in Canada are upset that the country’s tough anti-spam law still has not been
put into effect two years after it was passed. The blame lies with Industry Canada, the government department in charge of economic development. They have been dragging their feet on their draft regulations, which began in 2011. They claim they are finally preparing their second set which will require public consultation. Because of this, the law may not go into effect until 2014.
“I think that this demonstrates that the Conservative government doesn’t take privacy issues seriously,” said NDP MP Charmaine Borg, who notes that another piece of legislation, the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act that also governs the Privacy Commissioner’s Office, is overdue for a review by Parliament.”So we’re seeing this constant lateness and meanwhile technology continues to evolve and there’s new threats that are posed and citizens are more and more concerned about their privacy online.”
And why has Industry Canada been fussing with their regulations for over 2 years now? They haven’t given any real explanation or apology, but the most likely reason is the pressure they are receiving from Canadian businesses. Not surprisingly, they are balking at the new law, which is tougher than the US’s CAN-SPAM, and have been demanding all kinds of changes and making loud complaints. They don’t like the law and don’t want to comply. Two plus years is long enough though. Industry Canada needs to stop the foot dragging and just get it done. The taxpayers are waiting and have waited long enough.