C-28 To Get Second Reading

House of Commons

The anti-spam bill “Fighting Internet and Wireless Spam Act” (FISA) has been put back on the table in House of Commons for discussion (likely this afternoon!). Only a few more steps to go until we get there.

What’s happened so far (The long road):

  • May 2004 – IC establishes Task Force on Spam
  • May 2005 – Task Force presents final report to IC
  • April 24, 2009 – Bill C-27, the Electronic Commerce Protection Act (FISA) introduced in the HoC
  • November 30, 2009: passed House with unanimous support; amended as a result of consultation and committee meetings
  • December 15, 2009: passed 2nd reading in Senate
  • December 30, 2009: Parliament prorogued
  • May 25, 2010 – reintroduced as the Fighting Internet and Wireless Spam Act
  • June 17, 2010 – HoC rises for summer, still awaiting 2nd reading

Next steps:

  • Second reading – debate and vote – referred to Committee
  • HoC Committee – debate, edits and vote
  • Third reading, debate and vote in the House – referred to Senate
  • Senate reading – #1 and 2 – debate, vote – referred to Committee
  • Senate Committee – debate, edits and vote
  • Third reading, debate and vote in the Senate – referred to Prime Minister for Signing

Stay tuned as we track the progress of FISA through the parliamentary process.

Author: Matt V - @emailkarma

Matthew Vernhout is a digital messaging industry veteran and Certified International Privacy Professional (Canada) (CIPP/C) with nearly two decades of experience in email marketing. Matthew is 250ok’s Director of Privacy, and he is currently the Vice Chair of the eec, after serving for several years as the Chair of their Advocacy Subcommittee. Matthew was recognized as the 2019 eec thought-leader of the year.

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