#CyberFLASH: Canada’s Anti-Spam Law is Coming

Canada cyber security news

Industry Minister James Moore announced today that most of Canada’s long-anticipated anti-spam/malware legislation (“CASL” for short) will be coming into force on July 1, 2014As part of today’s announcement, Industry Canada also released a significantly revised and final version of its important CASL regulations.

CASL is widely considered to be the toughest commercial electronic messaging legislation in the world, and its coming into force will have significant implications for Canadian businesses, not-for-profit organizations and individuals using electronic means to communicate.  Those who violate CASL could face fines of up to $1 million for individuals and $10 million for organizations.  CASL also provides for a private right of action, which will not be available until July 1, 2017, with potential remedies that could amount to as much as $1 million per day for violations.

Most of the act, and the provisions concerning messaging will come into force on July 1, 2014.  The provisions concerning the installation of computer programs will come into force on January 15, 2015, and the private right of action provided by CASL will come into force on July 1, 2017.

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