Anti Spam Legislation

What Does it Mean for your Organization?


The Canadian Anti Spam Legislation (CASL) took effect on July 1st 2014. CASL deals with commercial electronic messages (CEMs) and it regulates a broad range of activities including:


  • unsolicited commercial messages such as emails, texts and tweets;
  • hacking, malware and spyware;
  • “phishing” and other fraudulent or misleading practices;
  • invading privacy through a computer; and
  • collecting email addresses without consent.


The Sport Law & Strategy Group's LeeAnn Cupidio wrote a comprehensive blogpost about the CASL's effect on sport organizations and Kathy Hare followed up with a blogpost on the CASL's effect on Registered Canadian Amateur Athletic Associations. Both posts give a great background to whether your organization also has to send these consent messages to members, newsletter subscribers, and business partners.


Information for Registered charities and not-for-profit organizations regarding CASL is available through the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta. Information for business can be found on the Government of Canada's website.

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