Sep 7, 2012 at 17:39:52
“It's newsworthy, but not for the reasons they're talking about. This isn't about any political party over another but rather that sending mass amounts of text spam is illegal.
No matter which party did it, it was wrong to do it the way they did. I'm assuming you didn't get the messages (as I did) that came all through the night. Some people who pay for text messages were also charged and since that hadn't given their consent to receive these texts, that's not fair.
Hope that clears things up a bit. Thanks for the comment.”
Sep 7, 2012 at 17:29:35
Where are these numbers posted?
The problem, is that even if you are able to spam an entire list of numbers like this, it's still not legal. You need to have an explicit opt-in from the person receiving the messages. They can either text in a keyword, or follow a two step process by filling out a form on your website for example.
They also used what's called a long code. Not a short code (the carrier approved method) to send mass texts. Here's a good article on the difference (http://bit.ly/Ql0gY9).
Let me know if you have any other questions regarding texting and spam laws in Canada.