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What is Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL)?

Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) is an anti-spam law that:

  • Establishes the rules for sending commercial electronic messages (CEMs) and installing computer programs
  • Prohibits unauthorized alteration of transmission data

Requirements
CASL requires that consent be obtained before sending a CEM or installing a computer program. The law applies to every CEM sent from, or accessed by, a computer system located in Canada as well as every computer program installed on a computer system located in Canada. 

Penalties for non-compliance
If you do not comply with the requirements outlined in CASL, you risk criminal charges, civil charges, personal liability for company officers and directors, as well as up to $10 million in penalties. 

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