SendGrid Account Breach Was Used to Attack Coinbase, a Bitcoin Exchange
Ongoing attacks against ESPs prove they are still high value targets for scammers. New York Times Bits blog
Court upholds FTC sanctions against affiliate marketers.
Large scale spammer LeadClick Media has to pay $16 million. Press release
CRTC, Competition Bureau Enforcement Actions Show Anti-Spam Law Has Teeth
Michael Geist summarizes the first three cases to be enforced under CASL and how the enforcements will vary based on infraction and government cooperation. Article.
March 25, 2015 – Ottawa–Gatineau – Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today announced that Plentyoffish Media Inc. has paid $48,000 as part of an undertaking for an alleged violation of Canada’s anti-spam legislation.
Acting on complaints submitted by Canadians, the CRTC’s Chief Compliance and Enforcement Officer launched an investigation. Plentyoffish Media had allegedly sent commercial emails to registered users of the Plenty of Fish online dating service with an unsubscribe mechanism that was not clearly and prominently set out, and which could not be readily performed, as required by the legislation. The emails sent by Plentyoffish Media notified users of services available through their registration to the dating site. The alleged violation occurred between July 1, 2014 and October 8, 2014.
Once made aware of the investigation by the CRTC, Plentyoffish Media updated its unsubscribe mechanism to comply with the legislation.
As part of the undertaking, Plentyoffish Media will develop and implement a compliance program to ensure that its activities are compliant with Canada’s anti-spam legislation. The compliance program will include training and education for staff and corporate policies and procedures.
The CRTC is assessing all complaints submitted to the Spam Reporting Centre that are under its mandate and a number of investigations are currently underway. The CRTC is working with its partners, both within Canada and internationally, to protect Canadians from online threats and contribute to a more secure online environment.
The CRTC can discuss corrective actions with individuals, firms or organizations, which may lead to an undertaking that includes an amount to be paid and other corrective measures. As part of its powers, the CRTC can also issue warning letters, preservation demands, notices to produce, restraining orders and notices of violation.
Canadians are encouraged to report spam to the Spam Reporting Centre. The information sent to the Centre is used by the CRTC, the Competition Bureau, and the Office of the Privacy Commissioner to enforce Canada’s anti-spam law.
“Prior to the coming into force of Canada's anti-spam law, the CRTC conducted numerous outreach sessions and issued guidance material on interpretation of the new requirements. Plentyoffish Media erred by sending commercial electronic messages to its registered users with unsubscribe mechanisms that were not in compliance with the law.
This case is an important reminder to businesses that they need to review their unsubscribe mechanisms to ensure they are clearly and prominently set out and can be readily performed. We appreciate that Plentyoffish Media changed its practices once it became aware of the problem. The CRTC encourages Canadians to continue to report suspected violations to the Spam Reporting Centre.”
Manon Bombardier, Chief Compliance and Enforcement Officer
Last July the New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs took spammer Zeljko Aksentijevic to court for violating their anti-spam law. Today the court fined him $12,000 for sending 2,230 illegal commercial messages. This is the first case in NZ where a spammer has appeared in court and defended himself, so this sets an important precedent that the law is indeed valid and can be enforced.
The spam in question was send to members of a gaming forum, and promoted the sender's free Android app. Even though the app was free, the spam was illegal because it was unsolicited, did not include accurate sender information; and had no working unsubscribe. More details are available in the DIA's press release.
CAUCE has long believed that enforcable anti-spam laws are a key part of the ongoing effort against spam, with predictable modest penalties that remove the profit from spam.
We (Chris Lewis, John Levine, and myself) founded CAUCE CANADA November 30, 1998, Our dream of a Canadian anti-spam law was realized today, July 01, 2014, some 15 years and seven months later.
The process was arduous, fraught with fits and starts, setbacks and goals achieved, but with consistent hard work and an unwavering belief in the fact that end-users have the fundamental right to choose what messaging imposes itself upon them, we got it done.
Happy CASL Day, everybody.
May 2005 Stopping Spam: Creating a Stronger, Safer Internet Task Force on Spam
May 2005 Recommended Best Practices for Email Marketing Task Force on Spam
December 15, 2010 An Act to promote the efficiency and adaptability of the Canadian economy by regulating certain activities that discourage reliance on electronic means of carrying out commercial activities, and to amend the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission Act, the Competition Act, the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act and the Telecommunications Act
(Canada's Anti-Spam law / CASL)
June 30, 2011 Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2011-400
August 20, 2012 Enforcement Agencies Roles and Responsibilities
October 10, 2102 Compliance and Enforcement Information Bulletin CRTC 2012-548
October 10, 2102 Compliance and Enforcement Information Bulletin CRTC 2012-549
December 04, 2013 Order (Industry Canada) 81000-2-1795 (SI/TR)
December 04, 2013 Regulatory Impact Analysis Statement (Industry Canada)
December 04, 2013 Explanatory Note (Industry Canada)
December 04, 2103 CASL Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Industry Canada
CAUCE Director Shaun Brown, of nNovation Barristers & Solicitors LLP CASL Compliance Readiness Documents:
Last week we heard of yet another egregious security breach at an online provider, as crooks made off with the names, address, and birth dates of eBay users, along with encrypted passwords. They suggest you change your password, which is likely a good idea, and you better also change every other place you used the same password. But that's not much help since you can't change your name, address, and birth date, which are ever so handy for phishing and identity theft.
I’m sorry to have to report that Gretchen, whom would know from Megapath, Time-Warner Cable, Road Runner, and AOL anti-abuse passed away earlier this week.
The world is short a died-in-the-wool antispammer, and a kind and gentle person.
Funeral arrangements are still TBA, the service will be at http://www.peterpaulpotomac.org 10620 River Road, Potomac, MD 20854
Canada’s Anti-Spam Law, CASL, is now a done deal.
Last Thursday, the Treasury Board of Canada President (and champion of CASL) Tony Clement approved Industry Canada's regulations in their finalized form. These will be published in The Canada Gazette December 18, 2013.
Today, Canadian Minister of Industry the Honourable James Moore announced CASL will come into force in July 01, 2014.
Bringing CASL into being has been an arduous, but meticulously thorough consultative process. Beginning in May 2004 with the Federal Task Force on Spam, The Government of Canada, with input from hundreds of stakeholders with an interest in safe and responsible online messaging have worked tirelessly to develop and deploy the world’s most stringent and comprehensive anti-spam law.
In keeping with the long-standing Canadian tradition of having opt-in consent, Canada can now claim to have nec-plus-ultra enforceable standards to which legitimate commercial email will be held.
“CASL makes Canada a place where abusive messaging will no longer be tolerated; it provides a toolkit to protect lawful businesses and consumers from the bad actors ruining the online experience of millions, by putting a hard stop to email spam and all types of messaging abuse, while laying out clear and workable standards for proper opt-in online marketing” said CAUCE president John Levine.
CAUCE founders Chris Lewis, John Levine and Neil Schwartzman have worked on advocating for spam laws since 1997. CAUCE has been working on a Canadian anti-spam law for sixteen years.
“This is a banner day for the Coalition Against Unsolicited Commercial Email. CAUCE regards the safety of Internet users as paramount; Canadians will now enjoy a online ecosystem protected by CASL” said Neil Schwartzman, Executive Director of CAUCE.
CAUCE Directors have been integral throughout the process : Matt Vernhout joined the fight on the Task Force on Spam in 2004, Shaun Brown accomplished much through his many years of work on the spam law portfolio at Industry Canada.
Don Blumenthal was consulted on how to design a Spam Freezer in 2006. Dennis Dayman, along with Mr. Vernhout, spoke on behalf of CAUCE at a parliamentary committee reviewing CASL in 2011.
Ultimately, advocating for CASL was a group effort by many individuals throughout Canada and indeed the rest of the world.
CAUCE now looks forward to a betterment of electronic messaging by a fair but aggressive application of the law by the three agencies tasked with enforcement of CASL: The Competition Bureau of Canada, The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada and the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.
PDF of CASL Timeline
Government of Canada Announcement - Harper Government Delivers on Commitment to Protect Canadian Consumers from Spam
Backgrounder : Building Consumer Trust in the Online Marketplace
Canada: Six month 'scramble' to comply with anti-spam law - Privacy This Week
Shaun Brown at nNovation Industry Canada finalizes regulations under CASL
INDUSTRY GREETS CASL WITH RELIEF, BUT BIG CHALLENGES REMAIN Matt Vernhout quoted
Canada’s Anti-Spam Law is a Done Deal Dennis Dayman at Deliverability.com
CASL Will Take Effect July 2014 Clea Manchester at Return Path
Imagine Canada Applauds Anti-spam Exemption for Charities - Imagine Canada
CMA welcomes anti-spam rules - Canadian Marketing Association
New Anti-spam Rules Remain a Concern for the Canadian Business Community - Canadian Chamber of Commerce
Canada’s New Anti-Spam Legislation: Impact on Retailers - Retail Council December 11, 2013
Update: How Anti-Spam Laws Will Affect Your Business - Profitguide December 11, 2013
Winter … I mean CASL is coming! - Digital Spin December 11, 2013
The Ten Million Dollar Spam Law - EmailSkinny
The waiting game is over: Canada's Anti-Spam legislation will change the e-communication landscape - Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP
Canada’s Anti-Spam Law to Come into Force on July 1, 2014 – Time to Get Ready! bennettjones
Canada announces CASL regulation start date @#wordtothewise #CASL
Tired of unsolicited spam? Relief is on the way - Globe and Mail
Canada passes world's toughest anti-spam law - IT News Australia
Federal anti-spam law comes into effect this July, minister says - The Canadian Press
6 Month Countdown To Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) - Margot Patterson | Dentons JDSupra Law News
Canada finalizes anti-spam regulations; new anti-spam rules in effect July 2014 - David Elder, Stikeman Elliott LLP
The government of Canada has announced that the majority of Canada’s anti-spam legislation (CASL) will enter into force on July 1, 2014 - Margot E. Patterson and Timothy Banks, Dentons
Canada’s anti-spam law is coming – are you ready? - Charles S. Morgan and Puneet Soni, McCarthy Tétrault LLP
Canada Adopts Final Regulations, Announces Expansive Anti-Spam Law Will Start Taking Effect July 1, 2014 | Davis Wright Tremaine LLP