From Canada with Love: Canadian Anti-Spam Law Forces Change at Microsoft

A great many of us in the security industry have come to expect and rely on the monthly email messages from our friends at the Microsoft Corporation to provide us with helpful information on the various applications to be patched on the next “Patch Tuesday”. According to Microsoft, it appears that this is coming to an end, at least temporarily.

As of July 1, 2014, due to changing governmental policies concerning the issuance of automated electronic messaging, Microsoft is suspending the use of email notifications that announce the following:

Security bulletin advance notifications
Security bulletin summaries
New security advisories and bulletins
Major and minor revisions to security advisories and bulletins

In lieu of email notifications, you can subscribe to one or more of the RSS feeds described on the Security TechCenter website.

Before we go lashing out at Microsoft, it should be noted that this is reportedly being done in response to a new anti-spam law being introduced in Canada next month — though Microsoft has not confirmed this to be the reasoning behind the sudden freeze on the monthly messaging service.

As noted in the official message being sent by Microsoft, security personnel that would like to continue receiving these informative updates can subscribe to one or more of the RSS feeds from the Security TechCenter website.

Related Information:
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