University of Ottawa law professor Michael Geist has launched iOptOut, a website allowing Canadians to opt out of unsolicited phone calls and emails. iOptOut is meant to complement the federal government’s Do-Not-Call list, expected sometime in the fall of this year:
“By registering with iOptOut, you inform the organizations that you select listed in our database that you do not want them to call you. Under the federal Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), these organizations would be required to respect your request. At the present time, iOptOut relies on PIPEDA, which overrides Bill C-37’s exemptions.
If an organization contacts you after you make a do-not-call request to it through iOptOut, PIPEDA allows you to enforce your request by filing a complaint with the Privacy Commissioner.”