Category: Anti-spam

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Doing Business in Canada

October 10, 2017

The Blakes Doing Business in Canada guide is an introductory summary of the laws and regulations that affect the conduct of business in Canada.

Happy Canada Day for Businesses: CASL’s Private Right of Action Suspended

June 7, 2017

Businesses obtain welcome relief from the imminent threat of private lawsuits under Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) as the private right of action, originally scheduled to come into force on July 1, 2017, has been suspended. It is unclear at this point if this right will be repealed entirely or if a new coming into force date will be set. Under…

One Step Closer to Mandatory Breach Reporting Across Canada: Consultations Open

March 16, 2016

On March 4, 2016, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (Ministry) published a consultation document soliciting input from stakeholders on the development of regulations that will support mandatory data breach reporting requirements under the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA). Parties interested in participating in this consultation must provide comments in writing by May 31, 2016. BACKGROUND In…

Legal Trends 2016: Anti-Spam

February 18, 2016

  As expected, since Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) came into force, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has been actively enforcing CASL’s anti-spam provisions. In 2015, the CRTC issued three undertakings: a notice of violation, a citation for alleged violations of CASL and a warrant to take down a server allegedly distributing malware. These enforcement actions show that the…

Look Ahead: 2016 Legal Trends

January 8, 2016

  While global markets can be unpredictable, we have assembled some key legal trends that may help you prepare for what lies ahead in 2016.  ​​​​   Anti-Spam   Capital Markets  ​ China    Commercial Real Estate Cybersecurity Employment & Labour Financial Services Regulatory Intellectual Property International Trade   Litigation & Dispute Resolution   Mergers & Acquisitions   Oil &…

Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation: How to Be Prepared for a CRTC Investigation

June 9, 2015

Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) came into force on July 1, 2014. Considered one of the most stringent anti-spam regimes in the world, CASL has had a significant impact across Canada and internationally. The CRTC has received over 200,000 complaints since CASL came into force and the focus has now moved to enforcement. The Blakes Anti-Spam group remains at the forefront…

Canada’s New Anti-Spam Law

June 1, 2015

Canada’s new Anti-Spam Legislation, known as CASL, is one of the strictest in the world. In general, CASL requires consent before sending “commercial electronic messages” and requires that all such messages meet certain form and content requirements. This seems simple, but as always, implementation can be complicated. This article explains the legislation and walks through some real-world scenarios to demonstrate…

Canadian Competition Bureau Steps Up Enforcement Efforts, Including First CASL-Related Proceeding

March 24, 2015

Although Canada’s Competition Bureau (Bureau) has been focused the past year on enhancing its advocacy and competition compliance roles, the Bureau has also demonstrated its continued willingness to use formal investigative powers and litigation to effect compliance with the Competition Act, particularly in relation to the misleading advertising and abuse of dominance provisions.   This month, the Bureau reached a…

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