CASL in force in 2013

Industry Minister Paradis announced that Canada’s new anti-spam/anti-spyware bill known as CASL will become effectve sometime in 2013. In his prepared remarks to the Canada 3.0 Digital Media Forum, the Minister said: “And the anti-spam legislation, which we expect to take effect next year, will protect both Canadians and businesses against unwanted spam”.

Before CASL can become law, Industry Canada needs to finalize its regulations. New proposed regulations are expected to be published in the Canada Gazette within the next few months. There will then be a short period of time for comments before they become final.  The CRTC regulations have already been finalized.

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