The CRTC posted two information bulletins Wednesday to help Canadian businesses understand Canada’s anti-spam legislation. Canada’s anti-spam law received royal assent on Dec. 15, 2010, granting new powers to the CRTC, the privacy commissioner and the Competition Bureau. The goal of the law, the CRTC said, is to protect Canadian users from spam and malware, including phishing, spyware, and other electronic threats. “Canadian businesses, both large and small, are strongly encouraged to familiarize themselves with the law, the regulations and the information bulletins,” Andrea Rosen, chief compliance and enforcement officer at the CRTC, said in a statement. CRTC bulletin 2012-548 sets out guidelines on the interpretation of the Electronic Commerce Protection Regulations. The commission noted that Section 3 of the regulations requires that commercial messages contain an unsubscribe mechanism. “It must be accessed without difficulty or delay, and should be simple, quick and easy for the consumer to use,” the bulletin said. Bulletin 2012-549 sets out guidelines that said opt-out toggling cannot be used to obtain “express consent.” The CRTC cited a pre-checked box on a website as an example of toggling, and noted that “express consent cannot be obtained through opt-out consent mechanisms.” The CRTC expects the new rules to come into force in 2013. Rosen said businesses should prepare now by updating their practices and developing compliance procedures.