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CRTC signs anti-spam agreement with UK body

The Ottawa-based Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Information Commissioner's Office of the United Kingdom intended to reduce unsolicited commercial electronic messages and telemarketing calls. The two organizations will work to promote more cooperation and coordinate the enforcement of spam and telemarketing laws in Canada and the UK. The agencies will also share information and provide investigative support upon request. Joint research and education activities, as well as staff exchanges and training initiatives, will also be conducted.

The CRTC has similar agreements with the United States Federal Trade Commission, the United States Federal Communications Commission, the New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs and the Australian Communications and Media Authority.

"Today the CRTC is taking another step to boost its international engagement and its efforts to combat the threat posed by spam and unsolicited calls to citizens of Canada and the United Kingdom," said Judith LaRocque, chairperson and CEO of the CRTC. "This partnership we have formed with the United Kingdom's Information Commissioner's Office further enhances our expertise and ability to ensure that applicable laws are respected."

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