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FCC Announces MOU with Canadian Counterpart to Combat Robocalls, Issues Enforcement Advisory on Automated Texts

Heading into the holiday season, the FCC shows no signs of slowing down in its consumer-focused initiatives, in particular those related to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). Earlier this month, for instance, the...more

CRTC Issues First Compliance and Enforcement Decision on Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation

Over two years after the enactment of Canada’s anti-spam legislation, the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has issued its first decision on the law, with a particular focus on the consent...more

CASL News: The CRTC Provides Long-Awaited Guidance on Implied Consent and the Assessment of Administrative Monetary Penalties

Although Canada’s anti-spam legislation (CASL or the Act) has been in force since July 1, 2014 and a number of substantial penalties have been imposed under its terms, the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications...more

Dear CASL: When Can I Rely on “Implied Consent”?

Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) is overly complex and notoriously difficult to interpret – heck, even lawyers start to see double when they read the official title of the law (An Act to promote the efficiency and...more

CRTC Assesses Conspicuous Publication Basis of Implied Consent in CASL Enforcement Decision

The CRTC released a compliance and enforcement decision, CRTC 2016-428, October 26, 2016, in which it found that Blackstone Learning Corp. committed nine violations of paragraph 6(1)(a) of Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation...more

Canadian Watchdog Levies First Ever CASL Spam-Related Fine

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (“CRTC”) has fined Blackstone Learning Corp. (“Blackstone”) $50,000 for various violations of Canada’s Anti-Spam Law (“CASL”). In the decision, the first of its...more

CASL made clearer: CRTC releases its first compliance and enforcement decision under Canada’s Commerce Messages Law

The Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has issued its first Compliance and Enforcement Decision for violation of Canada's anti-spam legislation (CASL). Until now, CRTC CASL enforcement...more

Lessons Learned: E-Learning Company Faces $50,000 Spam Fine

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has issued its first Compliance and Enforcement Decision* under Canada’s Anti-Spam Law (CASL).  The Commission confirmed the staff finding that Blackstone...more

Guidelines for Email Marketing In Canada (CASL)

On July 1, 2014, the central provisions of the Canadian Anti-Spam Law (“CASL”) came into force. These provisions generally prohibit the sending of a Commercial Electronic Message (“CEM”) without a recipient’s express consent,...more

CASL compliance undertakings continue to mount

Another company that is well-known to consumers has agreed to enter into a compliance undertaking with the CRTC for alleged CASL violations.  Kellogg Canada Inc. has paid a monetary penalty of $60,000 and undertaken to enter...more

Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada discusses its investigation against Compu-Finder

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) recently hosted a knowledge session to stakeholders to discuss its recent investigation against Compu-Finder. This was the first investigation by the OPC involving the...more

CRTC Enforcement Advisory: Remember, You Must Have Records To Prove Consent

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) issued an enforcement advisory to both businesses and individuals that send commercial electronic messages (CEMs) to keep records of consent. The CRTC...more

New CRTC Policy Framework for Local and Community TV

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has published a new policy designed to ease the economic pressure squeezing local television newscasts in the same week in which a report was published...more

Office of the Privacy Commissioner announces first investigation under the address harvesting provisions

Last week, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC) announced its report of findings against Compu-Finder, a Quebec-based company that offers face-to-face professional training courses....more

CRTC enters into MOU with FTC on spam and unlawful telemarketing

As we have noted in previous posts, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has repeatedly highlighted its work with its international counterparts to combat spam and unlawful telemarketing,...more

Call Centers Feel the Sting of Enforcement Action Under the National Do Not Call List

No one likes unsolicited telephone calls. In response to the nuisance of such calls the Government has set up a National Do No Call list and a regulatory regime managed by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications...more

CASL Enforcement (Part 2)

As reviewed in Part 1, since July 1, 2014, Canada’s Anti-Spam Law (or CASL) has been in effect, and the software-related provisions have been in force since January 15, 2015. In January, 2016, the Canadian Radio-television...more

Further CRTC Investigation Underway

For the second time the CRTC has publicized the execution of a warrant under the CRTC’s powers under Canada’s Anti-spam law (CASL). The investigation is focused on the installation of malware and the altering of transmission...more

Canadian Anti-Spam Enforcement 2015: A Year in Review

Over the last year, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has been active in its enforcement actions under Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL). As shown by the following summary of...more

Legal Trends: Anti-Spam

As expected, since Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) came into force, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has been actively enforcing CASL’s anti-spam provisions. In 2015, the CRTC...more

Anti-Spam Enforcement Reaches International Malware Target

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) is one of the key enforcement authorities in respect of Canada’s anti-spam law (CASL). CASL is broader than mere regulation of commercial electronic...more

Canada’s role in international botnet takedown

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has served its first warrant under Canada’s Anti-Spam Law (CASL) to take down a Toronto-based command and control server.  The malware family...more

Rogers Media to pay $200,000 to settle alleged anti-spam law violations

Canada’s anti-spam legislation (CASL) first came into effect July 1, 2014, and several companies have failed to follow its requirements. Now, Rogers Media has agreed to pay $200,000 in fines to the Canada Radio-Television...more

Unsubscribe Problems Nets Telecommunications Provider Under Anti-spam Law

November 20, 2015 the CRTC announced that Rogers Media Inc had paid $200,000 as part of an undertaking to resolve alleged violations of Canada’s anti-spam legislation (CASL)....more

Wishing You Happy Holidays, if Canada’s Anti-Spam Law Permits

The holiday season is an important season to focus on good will and the profound messages that the holidays celebrate. Many organizations use the holiday season to communicate with clients and associates to share that...more

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