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Non-consensual software installation outlawed

Media | 01/15/2015 4:40 pm EST

It became illegal Thursday to install software on another person's computer, smartphone or other device without their consent, the CRTC said. The commission said in a press release that the new rules are part of anti-spam legislation that came into force last July. For instance, the installation of software from a website or updates to a smartphone app will now require the device owner's approval, the CRTC said. “We have been actively informing Canadian businesses about the new requirements for installing computer programs, and our goal is to ensure they comply with these new...