Those nutty politicos

According to Michael Geist, the government will introduce an anti-spam bill today. It’s called:

An Act to promote the efficiency and adaptability of the Canadian economy by regulating certain activities that discourage reliance on electronic means of carrying out commercial activities, and to amend the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission Act, the Competition Act, the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act and the Telecommunications Act.

Yes, you read that right. This is the name of the bill. All 52 words of it. Perhaps “Anti-spam bill” is too vague.

A CBC article quotes Industry Minister Tony Clement describing the bill to the Greater Toronto Marketing Alliance:

Our proposed Electronic Commerce Protection Act will deter the most dangerous forms of spam, such as identity theft, phishing and spyware, from occurring in Canada, and will help drive spammers out of Canada

He can’t even use its proper name!

Don’t even get me started about how no bill is going to “deter the most dangerous forms of spam, such as identity theft, phishing and spyware, from occurring in Canada” when most of this spam comes from other countries. Drive the spammers out of the country and more of these spam messages will come from other countries. It won’t reduce the quantity.

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One Comment

  1. Jessica
    Posted April 25, 2009 at 10:13 | Permalink

    Most bills and acts have a “short title” identified in the first article of the document. In this case, the short title is Electronic Commerce Protection Act. That’s how they get around having such god-awful official titles! You can check out the first reading of the bill here (that is, if you really want to):

    http://www2.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?Docid=3832885&file=4

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