Chamber fuming over new 'anti-spam' regs

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Cornwall and Area Chamber of Commerce

The Cornwall & Area Chamber of Commerce is raising the alarm about new 'anti-spam' regulations the federal government has recently announced.  The concern comes as a result of a bulletin issued by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

“This legislation has taken a ‘ban-all’ approach to regulating commercial electronic messages (CEM’s)”, said Kevin Hargreaves, chamber president. “It will have a serious effect on all e-mails, and other social media messaging that businesses send in a commercial context.”

Under the legislation, all commercial enterprises will need to obtain permission from their intended receiver to send an e-mail.

But, that business may not get that permission by sending an e-mail and will be forced to set up a database that proves it has permission to send a CEM.

According to reports received by the chamber, the legislation affects every single business, association, club, charitable organization and foundation that conducts activities in Canada.

Administrative penalties for non-compliance can be high — up to $1 million for individuals and up to $10 million for corporations.

The chamber plans to lobby the region’s MP and Industry Canada as part of a country-wide campaign involving the Canadian chamber and chambers of commerce across Canada.

Organizations: Cornwall Area Chamber of Commerce, Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Industry Canada

Geographic location: Canada

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