What is Canada's New Anti-Spam Law (CASL)?
Canada's new anti-spam law (CASL) came into force on July 1, 2014, and requires most organizations to obtain consent before sending commercial electronic messages (CEMs), including e-mails, text messages, and certain other electronic communications. It is also a measure to reduce electronic threats to commerce, including phishing, pharming, malware and spyware. It is critical that organizations begin to plan for compliance as those found to be in violation could face hefty fines.
When does CASL take effect?
The majority of CASL comes into force on July 1, 2014, except for two key dates:
- January 15, 2015: computer program rules in force, and
- July 1, 2017: private right of action in force
With CASL now in effect, please be reminded that an electronic message requesting consent is considered a CEM and therefore in violation of the new legislation.
What You Need to Know
The firm has put together essential information resources to help you and your organization understand the legislation and prepare for compliance.
This page contains general information only and does not constitute legal advice. Qualified legal counsel should be consulted to assess the application of CASL to specific facts.