IIC AUSTRALIA – New Australia-Canada anti-spam and unsolicited telemarketing MOU unveiled
Pictured left to right: Jeremy Fenton (ACMA), Jean-Pierre Blais (CRTC), Sophie Dawson (Ashurst), Chris Chapman (IIC), Richard Bean (ACMA)
The IIC Australia recently held a joint event with the Communications and Media Law Association (CAMLA) and law firm Ashurst where Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) Acting Chairman, Richard Bean, announced the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the ACMA and the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to help combat unwanted telemarketing and e-marketing.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed to exchange information and intelligence to assist each other with spam and telemarketing investigations, improving the enforcement capabilities of both countries, with Richard Bean noting, “Given the use of increasingly complex and widespread transnational networks to undertake e-marketing and telemarketing, international cooperation is essential to respond to unlawful practices. We look forward to expanding our work with our Canadian regulatory counterparts to take the fight to unsolicited telemarketing and e-marketing operators.”
A media release from the ACMA outlines that “the MoU establishes a framework that will help both agencies to keep innovating in the battle to reduce the threat of unsolicited marketing messages can pose to the citizens of both countries. It formalises one aspect of long-standing cooperation between the ACMA and the CRTC. For example, the ACMA-developed Spam Intelligence Database software for reports and complaints-handling was shared with the CRTC in 2011 to assist it in processing spam reports from Canadian citizens”.
The event attracted an audience of 60 people from Australia’s media and communications industry to hear from speakers that included Jean-Pierre Blais, Chairman and CEO, CRTC, Jeremy Fenton, Executive Manager Unsolicited Communications Branch ACMA, Andreas Mauoschat, Parter, Ashurst (video link from London), and Richard Bean, Acting Chairman, ACMA. Presentations focused on spam and unsolicited telemarketing trends both on a local and global scale.