Can Canadian Identity Theft Laws Help You?

Learn how new Canadian laws help you fight identity theft

Most people don't take identity theft seriously until it happens to them. Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, discovered this the hard way. Reality hit home on a personal note after his wife became a victim of bank identity theft. Harper is now taking steps to eliminate spam and identity theft that will not only improve conditions in Canada but for you too.

Canada - Spammer Haven

Security systems to prevent identity theft and spam currently cost Canadians 3 billion per year. Now that these crimes have the attention of Prime Minister Harper, things could change.

Canada currently has no legislation guarding against identity theft or spam. Parliament shot down a previous bill on 2009 for political reasons. Harper admits the new legislation is long overdue and the lack of such a bill has caused problems. He states, 'Canada is seen as a haven for spammers because of the gaps in our current legislation...a place where spammers can reside and inflict their damage around the world.'

Identity Theft Hits Home

Stephen Harper's wife is a lawyer, a smart person, yet she became an identity theft victim last year after answering an online questionnaire she thought was from her bank. This is a common form of phishing. Within 24 hours, thieves used Mrs. Harper's credit card in Peru.

This rude awakening made the prime minister realize that if a smart person like his wife could fall for a phishing scheme, so could anyone else. He now realizes how difficult it is to avoid identity theft. This prompted him to put two bills into action, which are now making their way through parliament.

The new legislature establishes a spam-reporting center that works with government enforcement agencies with the power to shut down sites. The bill may not be perfect and Clement admits it won't put a stop to all spamming and identity theft, but it's a start. Australia dropped out of the top 10 spam-originating countries after passing similar legislation six years ago.

Will it Help?

The action taken by Canada can't hurt. Canada is currently listed as number eight on the list of '10 Worst Spam Countries' by Spamhaus.org. Anytime a country takes positive action against spam and identity theft, it helps.

Unfortunately, the United States is the number one country on the list for producing and exporting spam. Until there are tighter and tougher laws put into practice in all of these countries, spam and identity theft will continue.

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