30 Jun 2014

Microsoft Stops Sending Security Notes via E-Mail after Canada Toughens Spam Law

Microsoft will stop using e-mail to deliver its security notification service after Canada imposed some of the world’s toughest anti-spam laws, according to Computerworld.

A Microsoft notice to IT professionals advised that, from July 1, 2014, the company will stop using e-mail to send security bulletin advance notifications and summaries as well as new security advisories and bulletins or revisions to the.

Microsoft’s decision and the Canadian Anti-Spam law take effect on the same day, July 1, 2014. Microsoft attributes the decision to “changing governmental policies concerning the issuance of automated electronic messaging."

The security notification service is still available via RSS feed, Microsoft says.

The Canadian Anti-Spam law would have given Microsoft a three-year grace period to comply with the new regulations. Non compliance after that period could warrant  a fine up to $10 million.