Category: Communications

Audio Bulletin – CRTC Issues Penalties to Middle Men Under CASL to Combat Malware Installation

July 23, 2018

On July 11, 2018, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) issued notices of violation under Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) and monetary penalties totalling C$250,000, against two companies for allegedly aiding in the installation of malicious computer programs through the distribution of online advertising. The CRTC’s decision reminds businesses of their compliance requirements under CASL’s malware provisions.     …

CRTC Issues Penalties to Middle Men Under CASL to Combat Malware Installation

July 23, 2018

On July 11, 2018, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) issued notices of violation under Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) and monetary penalties totalling C$250,000, against two companies for allegedly aiding in the installation of malicious computer programs (or malware) through the distribution of online advertising. These fines mark the first time the CRTC has taken enforcement action to combat…

The Future of Programming Distribution in Canada: CRTC Reports On CanCon in the Digital World

June 4, 2018

On May 31, 2018, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) issued its report on the future of programming distribution in Canada. The report examines Canadian broadcast distribution market trends and reaches certain conclusions on the types of legislative, regulatory and policy changes the CRTC believes would best support the production, distribution and promotion of Canadian programming. The CRTC issued…

Alert: CRTC Seeks Comments on Its Reseller Registration Obligation

December 22, 2017

On December 15, 2017, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) published a Notice of Consultation in connection with its upcoming review of non-carrier (i.e., telecommunications reseller) registration obligations. The Notice of Consultation requests input from interested parties as to which types of resellers should be exempt from the obligation to register with the CRTC prior to receiving telecommunications services…

Canada Looks to Boost Can-Con Presence in the Digital World Through Funding, Legislative Reform

October 5, 2017

On September 28, 2017, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, delivered a long-awaited speech on the future of Canadian cultural and creative industries. Together with a policy framework document published concurrently, the speech introduced “Creative Canada”, the federal government’s strategy to support these industries in a rapidly evolving global and digital marketplace. Creative Canada is the result of…

Shining a Light on the Darknet: What Every Business Should Know

March 27, 2017

The portion of the Internet that most people generally use is only one of three layers. The commonly used layer that is accessible by search engines is referred to as the clearnet or the surface web and represents only about four per cent of Internet content. In addition to the surface web, the Internet comprises the deep web and the…

Ontario Court Finds Cellphone Tower “Metadata” is Private

January 20, 2016

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Court) recently ruled in R. v. Rogers Communications that broad cellphone “tower dump” production orders are unconstitutional as unreasonable seizures under section 8 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms (Charter). A “tower dump” order requests information about communications transmitted through a cellphone tower during a particular time period, such as the telephone numbers…

Bill C-13: Cyberbullying Bill Introduces New Lawful Access Measures

January 23, 2015

  On December 9, 2014, Bill C-13, An Act to amend the Criminal Code, the Canada Evidence Act, the Competition Act and the Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Act, also known as the Protecting Canadians from Online Crime Act (Act), received royal assent. The Act, sometimes colloquially referred to as Canada’s cyberbullying law, was originally introduced in the House…