As part of its 2015 Q1 Security Threat Report, the network security firm Cloudmark has released an empirical analysis of email traffic in Canada, following the coming-into-force of Canada’s anti-spam law (informally known as “CASL”). The results show that CASL has had a measurable effect on email in Canada, but the effect may not be what the government intended.
Average monthly email volumes received by Cloudmark customers in Canada declined by 29%, but the percentage of received email that Cloudmark assessed as “spam” actually increased, albeit by an insignificant amount (from 16.5% to 16.6%). In other words, the … Continue Reading
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