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Canada : CRTC issues $250,000 in penalties to combat malicious online advertising.

the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) took enforcement action to combat the installation of malicious software through online ads for the first time under Canadas anti-spam law.

The CRTCs Chief Compliance and Enforcement Officer has issued Notices of Violation to Datablocks and Sunlight Media for allegedly aiding in the installation of malicious computer programs (also known as malware) through the distribution of online advertising. The companies are required to pay $100,000 and $150,000, respectively, in penalties.

The companies allegedly violated Canadas anti-spam law in the following ways:Sunlight Media accepted unverified, anonymous clients who used their services to distribute malware. Datablocks provided Sunlight Medias clients with the necessary infrastructure and software to compete in real-time for the placement of their ads, which contained malware.

Neither Datablocks nor Sunlight had:written contracts in place with their clients that would bind them to comply with Canadas anti-spam lawmonitoring measures in place governing how their clients use their service, orwritten corporate compliance policies or procedures in place to ensure compliance with Canadas anti-spam law. After being alerted in 2015 to reports by cybersecurity researchers, and made aware in 2016 by the CRTC, neither company implemented basic safeguards, which are well known to the industry. Datablocks and Sunlight Media have 30 days to file written representations to the CRTC or pay the penalties.

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Date:Jul 12, 2018
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