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Canadian government suspends CASL private right of action

The Canadian federal government has announced that it has suspended the coming into force of the private right of action under Canada’s anti-spam legislation (CASL), originally scheduled to come into force on July 1, 2017.

 

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Are you ready for the Canada anti-spam legislation? – Part II

Last fall, I provided an overview of sections of the upcoming Canada Anti-Spam Legislation (“CASL”) and explained why every business, large or small, must begin preparing for it. Since then, there have been some developments in the area, most significantly, the announcement that the CASL will be coming into force on July 1, 2014. It is important that every business begin preparing for the CASL now, as, a few months from now, it will have a profound impact on how businesses engage in electronic communication and marketing.

 

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Are you ready for the anti-spam legislation? Part 1

Spam emails—everyone receives them, no one particularly likes them. Some of us delete them. Some of us simply ignore them. But, are they such a problem that requires all Canadian businesses, big or small, to overhaul how they communicate with their customers and potential customers?—You be the judge.

 

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What to do if you are a victim of cyberbullying or cyberlibel – Part 1

In last month’s posting, I wrote about the tragic case of Rehteah Parsons, the Nova Scotia teenager who took her own life after being cyberbullied. I have since received requests for some of my readers for advice on what to do if you are a victim of cyberbullying. I will respond to this request in two postings. The first is meant for parents of children who are being cyberbullied. The second, which will appear in next month’s posting, is meant for adults that are victims of cyberlibel or cyberbullying. This information can also help businesses take steps to support employees and manage the risk of cyberlibel or cyberbullying in their organizations.

 

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Anti-spam legislation: Time to act on commercial electronic communications

It feels like we’ve been saying this for years now, but, as we reported again last Monday. Canadian businesses can expect new legislation governing commercial electronic communication and spam in the coming months.

 

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What do I need to know about Canada’s new anti-spam legislation?

Canada’s anti-spam legislation is expected to be declared in force in 2013. It will regulate most forms of commercial electronic messages sent to Canadians, including email, text messages and messages sent through social media. Under the anti-spam legislation, either express or implied consent is required before sending commercial electronic messages. In addition, the message must comply with prescribed information disclosures, and a mechanism to unsubscribe must be provided.

 

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Can customers be encouraged to read privacy policies?

When was the last time you read a privacy policy? I use dozens of online services—email, social networking, data storage, banking, photos, shopping, etc.—and I’ve only skimmed a couple. What does this mean for the companies that offer these services? Can they reasonably say that they have informed their users of the content of their policies, if most users simply click “Okay” without bothering to read the things?

 

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Securing your web

How often do you think about malware? Do you consider it a threat to your operations? Do you have a strategy to prevent malware attacks and deal with them if they do occur? Is your strategy up to date?

 

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Another perspective on ECPA

In a previous post, I commented that the Industry, Science and Technology Committee made relatively few amendments to Bill C-27, the Electronic Commerce Protection Act (ECPA). Now, McCarthy Tétreault has analyzed the Committee’s changes, and concludes that, from its perspective, some but not all of the most troublesome aspects of the Bill have been amended.

 

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