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CASL Cure Announces Fully Hosted Version

Does your business use an email host like GoDaddy or HostGator? If so, up until now, we could not offer CASL Cure to you since those types of email host providers could not selectively relay individual companies’ email through our smarthost without affecting other companies in their shared hosting environment.

CASL Cure is pleased to announce that we now offer a solution that will provide you and your company with the CASL Cure tools as part of a fully hosted email platform.

Now you have three options to choose from when deploying CASL:

1. SaaS (Software as a Service) Model: we host a cloud based CASL Cure solution for you.
2. Enterprise License: we install an on-prem version of CASL Cure on your hardware in your corporate IT environment.
3. Fully Hosted Model: we provide full service e-mail hosting along with CASL Cure as an all-in-one solution.

For more information, please contact Neil Beaton at nbeaton@caslcure.com or 519-200-8131.

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CASL Cure Announces Enterprise Version

CASL Cure is pleased to announce that in Q4 2015, an Enterprise version of CASL Cure will be available. CASL Cure was launched in 2014 as a hosted, SaaS solution to coincide with the new CASL legislation.

The new release will allow CASL Cure customers to install an on-premise, Enterprise license solution.

CASL Cure is the only fully integrated and automated CASL solution that gives clients the ability to completely comply with all email aspects of the CASL legislation. Our software accounts for every commercial e-mail being sent from your company whether it is sent one-to-one or one-to-many, B2B or B2C and regardless if it is part of a larger database of authorized emails or a single user source that has yet to have consent recorded. Without CASL Cure it is virtually impossible to manually track consent for every email sent through your server by every employee. CASL Cure is compatible with all device-types, irrespective of geographic location and/or database source and will satisfy the 3 requirements as outlined by CASL:

  • Proper identification (footer)
  • Implied and expressed consent tracking and consent recall
    (in case of audit or CRTC charges)
  • Unsubscribe mechanism

For more information, please contact Neil Beaton at nbeaton@caslcure.com or 519-200-8131.

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CASL Anniversary Day

Bernice Karn of Cassels Brock Lawyers has put together a great overview of the first year of CASL enforcement:

Remember May and June of 2014? Conscientious organizations both in Canada and abroad were sending email blasts to Canadian mailing lists pleading for readers to opt in. For those of us trying to interpret the legislation, we hoped that the seemingly draconian provisions of CASL would be tempered by common sense and a realistic approach to enforcement. Surely technical breaches of CASL would not lead to significant financial penalties. Or would they? Continue reading
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CRTC Issues $48,000 Fine for Technical Violation of CASL

Martin Kratz at Bennett Jones LLP has posted a good summery of the Plenty of Fish fine:

Following up on its recent $1.1MM CASL enforcement action against Quebec executive training firm Compu-Finder (which you can read about here), the CRTC announced today that it has entered into an undertaking with online dating service operator Plenty of Fish.

According to a press release issued by the CRTC, Plenty of Fish failed to include a CASL-compliant unsubscribe mechanism in commercial e-mails to its subscribers. The violations occurred from July 1 to October 8, 2014. Plenty of Fish has now reportedly entered into an undertaking with the CRTC, an option for businesses subject to enforcement action under CASL. The CRTC states that Plenty of Fish will be required to pay a $48,000 penalty under the terms of the undertaking.

We note that the CRTC appears to be increasing the frequency of its enforcement actions under CASL. However, unlike its previous enforcement actions, the CRTC’s recent action against Plenty of Fish appears to have focused on a largely technical compliance issue – the prominence and ease of use of an unsubscribe mechanism. While the CRTC does not go into detail in its press release as to the particular deficiencies, we interpret this enforcement action as a sign from the CRTC that even technical violations of CASL may give rise to substantial regulatory penalties. We anticipate that other social media operators will wish to review their compliance plans – the CRTC press release notes that Plenty of Fish will implement a compliance training program and policy.

Martin Kratz
Leading Canadian Intellectual Property and Technology Lawyer
Bennett Jones LLP

Visit the original post for more and links to their CASL resources.

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Plentyoffish Media Inc. pays $48,000

Plentyoffish Media has entered into an undertaking with the CRTC’s Chief Compliance and Enforcement Officer which include paying $48,000, training and education for staff and corporate policies and procedures to ensure that its activities are compliant with Canada’s anti-spam legislation.

Plentyoffish Media allegedly sent commercial emails to registered users of its online dating site that did not contain an unsubscribe mechanism that was set out clearly and prominently, and that could be readily performed. CASL Cure automatically adds an unsubscribe link, included at the bottom of all outbound emails, along with CASL compliance required information such as business name and address.

“Prior to the coming into force of Canada’s anti-spam law, the CRTC conducted numerous outreach sessions and issued guidance material on interpretation of the new requirements. Plentyoffish Media erred by sending commercial electronic messages to its registered users with unsubscribe mechanisms that were not in compliance with the law.

This case is an important reminder to businesses that they need to review their unsubscribe mechanisms to ensure they are clearly and prominently set out and can be readily performed. We appreciate that Plentyoffish Media changed its practices once it became aware of the problem. The CRTC encourages Canadians to continue to report suspected violations to the Spam Reporting Centre.”

Manon Bombardier
Chief Compliance and Enforcement Officer
Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission

For more information visit http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=954949