Canadian anti-spam regulations

Canada passed an anti-spam law in 2010. Implementation of this law (CASL) were initially scheduled to go into effect in 2011. That deadline has passed and it’s not looking good for a 2012 date, either.

Canada’s Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission is the agency responsible for enforcement and rulemaking. This week they published 2 bulletins to help guide companies on how to comply with the law.

Guidelines on the use of toggling as a means of obtaining express consent under Canada’s anti-spam legislation
Guidelines on the interpretation of the Electronic Commerce Protection Regulations (CRTC)

The bulletins themselves offer examples of acceptable and unacceptable ways to acquire consent and process unsubscribes. I encourage everyone that sends mail into Canada to go review them. I’ll be writing about the regulations after I’ve taken some time to digest the recommendations.


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