On October 30, 2023, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) took a...Read More
Verbal comments by Neil Schwartzman, Executive Director and Matthew Vernhout, Director-at-large of the Coalition Against Unsolicited Commercial Email to the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology, Ottawa, October 24, 2017Read More
We have all been patiently waiting for new regulations on CASL, they were expected before the governments summer vacation session, but sadly we will continue to wait. Several industry organizations have been telling members that...Read More
We have found what appears to be an official version of the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commissions (CRTC) Canada’s Anti-Spam Law CASL regulations. Here is a quick summary:Read More
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has finalised its regulations under Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL), resulting in a set of rules that are more balanced, reasonable, and in line with the objectives of the legislation. CASL creates rules for sending commercial electronic messages (CEMs) and installing computer programs. It also establishes a general prohibition against the alteration of transmission data and is expected to come into force later in 2012. Industry Canada is also responsible for developing regulations, and should be posting another version of its regulations within the next month or so.Read More
Cisco's Michael Sanchez published a great piece called 5 Steps for avoiding data breaches. We tweeted, plussed, and re-posted this elsewhere, and at the encouragement of SURBL's Jeff Chan, here's a blog post about...Read More
Mr. Bruce Wallace Bruce.Wallace@ic.gc.ca Director, Electronic Commerce Policy Electronic Commerce Branch/SITT Industry Canada Ottawa, Ontario CANADA Regarding : Canada Gazette, Part I Vol. 145, No. 28 — July 9, 2011 The...Read More
We need not go into how frequently abuse happens on the Internet. Daily news reports in the popular press and media speak to that, and the ubiquity of the problem cannot be overstated. Beside the obvious criminal element involved in spamming, hacking and other Internet abuse, there remain, unfortunately, some marketers from name-brand companies who engage in poor practices. Organizations like the Messaging Anti-abuse Working Group (MAAWG.org) have worked very hard to develop Best Common Practices documents, many based upon the fine work undertaken by the Canadian Task Force on Spam. We encourage you to review them as you proceed in this process and the work ahead of you.
Ivor Tossell perhaps said it best in his article recently published in the Globe and Mail:
“Providing real content to real customers with whom you’ve got a real relationship is the opposite of spam”
CAUCE generally supports the draft regulations. Our goal, which we believe you share, is that the recipient of electronic communications be protected from abuse, and when it occurs, be able to stop it, and report it easily and without technical skills beyond those of ordinary Internet users.
We must respect and preserve the ability for senders of commercial messaging to comply with the law and the regulations; we also think that avoiding trivial or technical ‘gotcha’ violations is fundamental to an effective and fair anti-spam régime in Canada. That said, we anticipate some commentary will propose changes that open dangerous loopholes that will be quickly exploited by Internet abusers.
Marketers are not the main reason people are on the Internet; business use of the net still lags far behind what is most popular. The sites that individuals most often visit are social networks and other forms of personal, one-to-one interactions with friends and family, first and foremost.