CRTC levies first fines un­der an­ti­spam law

The Niagara Falls Review - - Business -

OT­TAWA — The Cana­dian Ra­diotele­vi­sion and Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions Com­mis­sion says it has fined two com­pa­nies for the first time un­der Canada’s an­ti­spam law for al­legedly aid­ing in the in­stal­la­tion of ma­li­cious com­puter pro­grams through on­line ads.

The CRTC fined Dat­ablocks $100,000 and hit Sun­light Me­dia with a $150,000 penalty. Both com­pa­nies have 30 days to file writ­ten re­sponses to the CRTC or pay the penal­ties.

The CRTC also al­leged said in a state­ment Wednes­day that Sun­light Me­dia “ac­cepted un­ver­i­fied and anony­mous cus­tomers” who used its ser­vices to spread mal­ware.

As for Dat­ablocks, the reg­u­la­tor al­leges the com­pany pro­vided the in­fra­struc­ture and soft­ware for Sun­light Me­dia cus­tomers to com­pete in real time for the place­ment of their ads, which con­tained mal­ware. The CRTC added that nei­ther had clients sign a con­tract to com­ply with the an­ti­spam law.

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