From nuisance to abuse, unsolicited communications encompass a wide range of impacts on citizens. Spam is no longer a problem exclusive to email – it has become a vehicle for deceit and has expanded to a multitude of electronic platforms that citizens all over the world use to support their businesses, perform their jobs, access government services, and engage in social interactions and relationships. From unknowingly downloading a malware infection to having personal data stolen, bad actors are constantly in search of new victims. Fortunately, many governments see the urgency in acting on these issues and anti-spam efforts are underway across the world.
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), in partnership with the International Institute of Communications (IIC), hosted a workshop on combating spam and other forms of nuisance communications. The half-day event took place as part of the IIC’s annual Communications Policy and Regulation Week in Bangkok, Thailand.
Canada’s CRTC and the IIC kicked off discussion on international efforts to combat unwanted communications, as STEVEN HARROUN explains.
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