Tech Tuesday: Spam

Tech Tuesday: Spam

Tech Tuesday: Spam

Date posted: February 4, 2014

Spam is unwanted online communication, the electronic equivalent of junk mail. Most commonly, it’s unsolicited email. But you can also receive text message spam, instant message spam, and social networking spam. Do you know how to recognize it? Take the FightSpam quiz here. (There’s a version for individuals and a version for businesses and organizations).

Spam infographic

Spam can be annoying but harmless advertising. It can also be part of a fraudulent scheme such as identity theft. To help protect Canadians, the Canadian Anti-Spam Law (CASL) comes into force on July 1, 2014. For consumers, it will limit unsolicited emails and text messages and prevent unwanted download of programs onto computers.

Charities and other non-profit organizations are required to comply with this law, including getting permission before adding people to permanent mailing lists, visibly identifying the organization in emails, and including an unsubscribe option in commercial electronic messages. There are a few exemptions and a number of detailed requirements. Penalties for non-compliance are significant.

To begin learning about this law:

Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation – The Government of Canada website
Top Ten Things You Need to Know About Canada’s Anti-spam Law
Miller Thomson: Some suggestions for compliance preparation
Managing the message: Canada’s new anti-spam law sets a high bar

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