C-27 one step closer to becoming law

Canadians could soon enjoy better protection when it comes to unwanted spam filling our e-mail inboxes.

Bill C-27, the Electronic Commerce Protection Act, passed through the House of Commons standing committee on industry, science and technology last week with few major amendments. First introduced to Parliament in April by the Conservative government, the bill seeks to prohibit the sending of spam without a consumer's consent. Individuals found in violation of the law could be fined up to $1 million.

"We have been pushing for this law for almost a decade," said Neil Schwartzman, executive director for the Coalition Against Unsolicited Commercial E-mail, a continent-wide, volunteer-based consumer advocacy organization.