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First CASL Compliance and Enforcement Decision Released

October 27, 2016

The first Compliance and Enforcement Decision under Canada's anti-spam legislation (CASL) was released today by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).   

The CRTC found that Blackstone Learning Corp. committed nine violations of CASL by sending 385,668 commercial electronic messages (CEMs) without consent as part of nine messaging campaigns between July 9, 2014 and September 18, 2014, and imposed an administrative monetary penalty (AMP) of $50,000. The CEMs advertised education and training services and were sent primarily to Canadian federal and provincial government employees.  

The CRTC's decision provides guidance on the conspicuous publication exemption and on how the CRTC will determine the amount of an AMP.    

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