On October 26, 2016, the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) released its first compliance and enforcement decision under Canada’s anti-spam legislation (CASL).

Until now, CRTC CASL enforcement actions have taken the form of settlements reached in confidential negotiations between the Enforcement Branch and the company. This decision against Blackstone Learning Corp. is significant because it contains important compliance lessons about regulation of commercial electronic messages in Canada before class action enforcement opens on July 1, 2017.

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