The Canadian government yesterday tabled what Industry Minister Tony Clement described as long-overdue legislation--an anti-spam law that would impose up to $1 million penalties and would allow for civil actions against violators. Clement said the Fighting Internet and Wireless Spam Act would result in "a significant diminution" of spam and would nix Canada's reputation as a haven for spammers, The Vancouver Sun reports. The Office of the Privacy Commissioner would enforce the legislation, which would also see the creation of a spam reporting centre. University of Ottawa law professor Michael Geist praised the bill and predicted its swift passage.
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