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ECPA

ECPA (Eh?!)

ECPA stands for the Electronic Commerce Protection Act. It's Canada's shot at an anti-spam, online commerce act. It's meant to improve customer commerce in online transactions by reducing unsolicited emails and creating strong disincentives for engaging in shady online behaviour such as phishing and pharming. It is currently hanging out in committee and should probably see the light of the house again this fall.

The ECPA needs your support! The Bill is facing a lot of adversity from interest groups that claim it will interfere with their ability to do business. But it is an important piece of consumer protection legislation, and a necessary one - Canada is currently the only G-8 country without Anti-SPAM legislation! Learn and Act to help pass the ECPA.

The Cookie Crumb Trail: Website to Website Tracking

Most internet users are probably aware that the websites they visit may collect information on them. It is common practice for a website to record details such as how often a user visits the website, and even how a user spends time on the site -- tracking, for example, what articles a user reads or what books a user buys.

However, many users may not be aware that major advertising companies are aggregating this information together from many different websites. If you use your browser's default privacy and security settings, you are being tracked from site to site. With each additional site you visit, you give away another piece of information on who you are.

Harms of Malware to Consumers Measured in Billions of Dollars

The OECD has issued a comprehensive report quantifying the harms resulting from malware. The report estimates that consumers spend billions of dollars every year on information system repairs or replacement to fix damage caused by malware. The report further states on average businesses spend between 6 and 10% of their total operating capital costs on addressing issues arising from malware.

This highlights the need for anti-malware legislation in Canada! Learn more, then Act

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