Canada’s Online Privacy Regulations Stymie Applicants for Jeopardy!
Mar 08, 2016
According to a February 19 report published in the Toronto Star, producers of the popular television game show Jeopardy! have barred Canadian citizens from taking online tests used to recruit future contestants due to concern about violating Canada’s online privacy regulations. As a result, Canadians will no longer be allowed to participate on the program. While unconfirmed by the report, the issue of concern appears to stem from an anti-spam law that was enacted in December 2010 but took effect in July 2014. The law prohibits the sending of commercial electronic messages without the recipient's permission, including messages to e-mail addresses and social networking accounts, and text messages sent to a cell phone. “At this time we are precluded from accepting registration information from Canadian residents,” the Jeopardy! website states. “We are currently evaluating this matter.”
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