Canada Suspends Lawsuit Provision in Anti-Spam Legislation

August 10th, 2017 by Editor

The government of Canada has suspended the implementation of certain provisions in Canada’s anti-spam legislation (CASL) in response to broad-based concerns raised by businesses, charities and the not-for-profit sector.

The provisions, known as private right of action, would have allowed lawsuits to be filed against individuals and organizations for violations of the legislation.

The provisions were scheduled to come into force on July 1, 2017, but have now been suspended. Reports from some U.S. trade publications indicated that the law had taken effect on that date.

The Canadian government says its citizens deserve an effective law that protects them from spam and other electronic threats that lead to harassment, identity theft and fraud. At the same time, Canadian businesses, charities and non-profit groups should not have to bear the burden of unnecessary red tape and costs to comply with the legislation.

The government supports a balanced approach that protects the interests of consumers while eliminating any unintended consequences for organizations that have legitimate reasons for communicating electronically with Canadians.

For that reason, the government will ask a parliamentary committee to review the legislation, in keeping with the existing provisions of CASL.

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