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Jun 27 2014   9:05PM GMT

Microsoft suspends security email notifications to comply with Canadian antispam law

Jeremy Stanley Jeremy Stanley Profile: Jeremy Stanley


There’s one place you won’t be finding out about advance security notifications from Microsoft anymore.

The company is suspending the delivery of certain security emails to comply with governmental policies. Microsoft revealed the change in — wait for it — an email.

The company will no longer send emails about security bulletin advance notifications, security bulletin summaries, new security advisories and bulletins or revisions to security advisories and bulletins.

Canada will begin enforcing an antispam law on July 1st,  which Microsoft is complying with, the company confirmed.

It’s still unclear why this would lead to the suspension of this service. Perhaps, because patch notifications change from time to time, Microsoft could be found in violation of this clause in the law: “use of false or misleading representations online in the promotion of products or services.”

Microsoft suggests subscribing to RSS feeds as an alternative to the newsletter. One other option: Follow our Patch Tuesday coverage here on our blog and on Read about June’s Patch Tuesday here.

What do you think about Microsoft’s decision to suspend its newsletters about security bulletins? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @SearchWinServer.

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