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In 2010 Canada unveiled some of the toughest anti-spam legislation in the world. While now on the law books, the legislation has not yet come into full effect, pending the development of detailed regulations. This gives web developers time to adjust to the new provisions: a vital opportunity, as the law influences not just Canadian businesses, but the transmission of all pertinent information that touches servers in Canada, with fines up to 10 million dollars for non-compliance.
The Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation prohibits spamming, hacking, malware, online fraud, eMail harvesting and invasions of privacy. The most pertinent area for front-end developers is gaining consent for commercial electronic messages (CEMs).
While I am not a lawyer (and this article does not constitute legal advice) I would suggest that, pending detailed legal regulations, most front-end developers would do well to follow a few simple steps to ensure CASL compliance: