Canada's new anti-spam law (CASL) will come into force on
July 1, 2014, and will require 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
July 1, 2017: private right of action in
Start planning now. Once CASL comes into effect
on July 1, 2014, an electronic message requesting consent will be
considered a CEM and therefore in violation of the new
What You Need to Know
Davis LLP has put together essential information resources to
help you and your organization understand the legislation and
prepare for compliance.
Commercial Electronic Messages (CEMs)
Computer Program Compliance
Learn about express consent versus implied consent in the
sending of electronic messages through email, texting and social
Understand the consent requirements surrounding the usage of
computer technology in the course of commercial activity
Download this at-a-glance spam flowchart outlining the CASL
CASL Compliance Plan Overview
CASL Compliance Plan Gantt Chart
Conducting Inventory of CEMs
A week-by-week plan for implementing CASL training and
compliance in your organization
PR agencies may need to re-evaluate their current strategies
regarding pitches and media outreach. Bill Hearn, Counsel in the
Davis LLP Toronto office, speaks to marketing agency Polaris PR
Inc. on how the new anti-spam legislation will affect media
This client seminar was delivered at the Davis LLP Vancouver
office. It provides a clear overview of the new anti-spam
legislation and offers practical guidance on how to prepare for
compliance and ongoing maintenance of consent data.
Software license agreements generally require the customer to pay fees for the software license and related services, which fees are usually based upon the duration of the license and the manner in which the customer is allowed to use the software, together with applicable taxes and withholdings.
In less than nine months, on July 1, 2017, persons affected by a contravention of Canada's anti-spam legislation will be able to invoke a private right of action to sue for compensation and potentially substantial statutory damages.
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