Anti-Spam Legislation

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What U.S. Businesses And Others Need To Know About The New Canadian Anti-Spam Law

A new Canadian law taking effect on July 1, 2014, will impact businesses -- whether located in Canada, the United States, or elsewhere -- that send commercial electronic messages to computers located in Canada or that install...more

Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation

Canada will begin regulating commercial electronic messages beginning July 1, 2014, under its new anti-spam legislation, commonly known as Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL). Under CASL, a commercial electronic message is...more

Marketing in a Wired World: Telemarketing, Text and E-mail Marketing

Electronic advertising is on the rise as companies seek to meet consumers where they live: online and on their cell phones. Advertising by electronic mail and text messaging can be tailored to the desired market segment....more

Incoming Anti-Spam Software Regulations

Most Canadian businesses will have heard of the incoming Canadian Anti-Spam Law (referred to as CASL, which joins the Canadian pantheon of legislative acronyms like PIPEDA and PIPA). The consent requirements for sending...more

How Canada’s Anti-Spam Enforcers Will Cooperate, Coordinate, Share Information

Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) brings with it new legal violations and penalties, some of which become effective as of July 1, 2014. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), the...more

What you need to know about Canada's new Anti-Spam Law (CASL) [Video]

Bennett Jones launches Canadian Anti-Spam Information Site TORONTO, January 22, 2014 – In response to the long-awaited regulations pertaining to the Canadian government's anti-spam legislation, Bill C-28, Bennett Jones LLP...more

Look North, Marketers – Canadian Anti-Spam Law is Coming

The US CAN-SPAM Act is old hat for marketers in the US. But it is time to revisit email marketing compliance programs if you send email north of the US border. Canada’s anti-spam law (known as “CASL”) has been debated for...more

New Advisory on Canadian Anti-Spam Law That Covers Commercial Emails and Texts to Canada, Computer Program and Software Downloads,...

Be sure to spend some time with our recent advisory on Canada’s Anti-Spam Law (CASL), now that compliance dates for rules governing commercial electronic messages (CEMs), software downloads, and related conduct have been set...more

CASL Regulations: At Last

Industry Canada released its final regulations to Canada’s anti-spam legislation (CASL) on December 4, 2013. Bottom line: Canada’s new anti-spam law will take effect on July 1, 2014, and it includes significant...more

Canada Adopts Final Regulations, Announces Expansive Anti-Spam Law Will Start Taking Effect July 1, 2014

Canada’s Department of Industry has published long-awaited Governor in Council regulations and announced key compliance dates necessary to implement Canada’s anti-spam law (CASL), which was enacted almost exactly three years...more

The Clock Is Running - CASL Is Coming – Is Your Company Ready For It?

Canada’s long awaited anti-spam law (CASL) comes into force as of July 1, 2014. CASL takes the approach of forbidding almost all unsolicited commercial electronic messages (CEMs) and generally speaking, requires intended...more

Canada’s Anti-Spam Law to Come into Force on July 1, 2014 – Time to Get Ready!

On December 4, 2013, the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Industry announced that Canada’s new anti-spam law (CASL) will come into force on July 1, 2014....more

Canada’s Anti-Spam Law: Final Regulations Mark Countdown to Coming into Force

The guessing game is over. Three years after it was enacted, we now know that Canada’s anti-spam law (CASL) will come into force in stages over the next four years, beginning on July 1, 2014....more

6 Month Countdown To Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL)

Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) has been a long time coming. The Government of Canada announced today that most of CASL’s provisions will enter into force on July 1, 2014....more

Are you ready for CASL? Should you be? Part 1

With the federal parliament returning from a long summer break, many in the legal and business communities will be closely watching for any signs as to the future of the still yet to be implemented federal legislation...more

A Road-Map To Sending “Commercial Electronic Messages” Under CASL

Let’s take stock of the information currently available on Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL). First, there is the Act itself. Next, there are: - the Electronic Commerce Protection Regulations (CRTC)...more

Anti-spam and direct marketing privacy guidelines

The Italian Data Protection Authority issued some guidelines aimed at setting out general regulations on privacy-related obligations concerning direct marketing practices and against spamming initiatives which provide very...more

What you need to know about Canadian sweepstakes and contest regulations

Clients occasionally ask me to create official rules for a sweepstakes or contest that will be conducted in the U.S. and Canada, or in Canada alone. That’s when I contact counsel in Canada who I know have up-to-date...more

Spam Smart Tip: Who’s Your Family?

Sometimes legislative or regulatory definitions create ambiguity rather than clarity. The definition of “family relationship” in the draft Industry Canada regulations regarding Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) is a case...more

Spam Smart Tip: Transition Period Balm For The Compliance Sting

Transition periods for new legislation are often critical in taking the sting out of compliance costs. But some transition periods are better than others. In the case of Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL), organizations...more

Canada’s Anti-Spam Law is a Step Closer

US marketers who have been paying attention to anti-spam developments north of the border are concerned about proposed new Canadian regulations. If you have not been paying attention, it’s probably time that you did. We have...more

Bringing CASL into Focus - Recent Efforts to Clarify Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation

Industry Canada and the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) have received numerous stakeholder submissions and inquiries in relation to Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) and its two...more

UK Cookie Enforcement Report: Relevant to Canada

On December 18, 2012, the UK Information Commissioners’ Office (ICO) issued an enforcement report on compliance with the rules regarding obtaining consent to the use of cookies and similar technologies....more

UK Cookie Enforcement Report: Relevant To Canada

On December 18, 2012, the UK Information Commissioners’ Office (ICO) issued an enforcement report on compliance with the rules regarding obtaining consent to the use of cookies and similar technologies....more

Canada’s Anti-Spam Law (CASL) – Proposed New Regulations Would Soften Impact

Draft Regulations recognize CASL should not apply to ”regular business communications” Industry Canada has published long-awaited draft Regulations that would lessen the impact of Canada’s Anti-Spam Law (CASL) on...more

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