In June 2009, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology (the “Committee”) began its examination of Bill C-27, the Electronic Commerce Protection Act. Bill C-27 is Canada’s proposed anti-spam law. Bill C-27 amends the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission Act, the Competition Act, the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act and the Telecommunications Act.

The Committee has issued a request for submissions on any aspect of Bill C-27, including but not limited to the following:  

  • The regulation of electronic threats such as spam, phishing, malware, spyware, hacking and unauthorized conversion of personal computers into zombies;  
  • The role of the proposed legislation in preventing identity theft;  
  • The proposed enforcement scheme and the roles of the Canadian Radiotelevision and Telecommunications Commission, the Competition Bureau and the Privacy Commissioner of Canada;  
  • The private right of action proposed in the bill;  
  • The administrative penalties proposed in the bill;  
  • The implementation of the consent requirements in the bill;  
  • The future of the Do Not Call List.  

Submissions and requests to appear before the Committee may be sent to the Committee by email to INDU@parl.gc.ca or by mail to:  

Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology  

House of Commons, 131 Queen St., Room 6-35 Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6

Attention: Michelle Tittley, Clerk of the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology

Written submissions must not exceed five pages in length. The deadline for submissions is August 15, 2009.