Canada's anti-spam legislation

If you use electronic channels to promote or market your business or non-profit-organization, Canada's anti-spam law (CASL) may affect you.

Enforcement of CASL is a shared responsibility. It is important for you, as a business owner, to familiarize yourself with your obligations and explore information on the legislation from each of the responsible government departments.

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) is responsible for investigating the sending of unsolicited commercial electronic messages, the alteration of transmission data and the installation of software without consent.

The Competition Bureau addresses false or misleading representations and deceptive marketing practices in the electronic marketplace.

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner focuses on two types of violations: electronic address harvesting and the collection of personal information through illicit access to other people's computer systems.

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