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Microsoft will NOT stop sending out Patch Tuesday emails because of Canada

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Tue Jul 01 2014, 08:24
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SOFTWARE BUG FACTORY and security announcement firm Microsoft will not stop sending email notifications in advance of its Patch Tuesday revelations, despite what it said a few days ago.

Microsoft revealed the change in process over email, and with rather short notice. The message was sent on 27 June and the change would have occured on 1 July. Except now it isn't.

An email sent out by the firm last night to users says that the plan has been nixed after some consideration. Microsoft confirmed this to us in a statement.

"Microsoft notified customers that we were suspending Microsoft Security Notifications due to changing governmental policies concerning the issuance of automated electronic messaging," it said.

"We have reviewed our processes and will resume these security notifications with our monthly Advanced Notification Service (ANS) on July 3, 2014."

Perhaps the review could have happened before Microsoft alerted users that it was throwing them to the RSS wolves. The last we heard such email mailouts were a dead parrot. 

"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," said Microsoft.

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

Microsoft only made an oblique reference to the regulatory changes that forced its hand, but according to Krebs, it is a Canadian anti-spam rule change that will save some traffic to inboxes.

The new Canadian anti-spam rules come into force on 1 July and are supposed to protect citizens from spam and give industry clear guidance on marketing communications.



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