Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (“CASL”) came into force on July 1, 2014, creating new requirements for sending commercial electronic messages (“CEM”). A non-compliant business risks having “administrative monetary penalties” (or “AMPs,”, which are essentially fines) levied against it by the CRTC. However, until recently, there has been no guidance on how aggressively CASL would be enforced, the scope of Notices of Violations, or how AMPs would be determined, and the scope of such. Businesses were stuck in a murky regulatory regime.
With the recent $48,000 AMP imposed on PlentyOfFish, as part of an undertaking entered into … Continue Reading
Was it all for nothing? CASL, I mean.
The mad rush towards the July 1, 2014 deadline, the thousands (in many cases, hundreds of thousands) of dollars spent on compliance, the escalating salvo of shrill e-entreaties to please, please, please provide consent.
All the hype, all the fuss and….nothing. Was it Y2K all over again?
From the perspective of organizations, the eerie calm may indeed be reminiscent of those first few seconds past midnight on January 1, 2000. For the CRTC, however, the regulatory wheels have been furiously churning for months. Unlike Y2K, the first few hours after July … Continue Reading
With the computer program sections of Canada’s anti-spam/anti-malware law (CASL) coming into force in January 2015, the CRTC has now started reaching out to the public for questions they want guidance on in FAQs or bulletins. I attended such a session last week (on September 9, 2014) at an IT.CAN Public Affairs Forum Roundtable. The attendees were Dana-Lynn Wood (Senior Enforcement Officer, Electronic Commerce Enforcement, CRTC) Kelly-Anne Smith (Legal Counsel, Legal Sector CRTC), and Andre Leduc (Manager of the National Anti-spam Coordinating Body, Industry Canada).… Continue Reading