CRTC teams up with New Zealand regulator to fight electronic spam

CRTC Chairman Jean-Pierre Blais - electronic spam

Canada’s telecom regulator has announced that it’s partnering with the New Zealand regulator to fight unsolicited commercial electronic messages, or as its more commonly known, spam.

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) recently signed a “memorandum of understanding” with the New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs which commits to address electronic spam and the threats that they pose to consumers’ trust in critical communications systems. 

“This agreement demonstrates our ongoing commitment to work closely with partners to fight unlawful communications and protect Canadians from spam and the threat of embedded malware. Partnering with agencies like New Zealand’s Department of Internal Affairs will help reduce the number of unsolicited commercial messages Canadians receive in the future,” said Jean-Pierre Blais, chairman and CEO of the CRTC, in a statement. 

The agreement will reportedly promote cooperation between the two regulatory bodies to uphold both country’s spam laws. Under the agreement, these agencies will share information (where legally permitted) about commercial electronic messages.

This isn’t the first action taken by the CRTC to combat electronic spam. Most recently, the regulator signed a memorandum of understanding with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to work together to combat unwanted robocalls.

Source: CRTC