In this second installment of my series of blogs on Canada's Anti-Spam Law ("CASL"), I explore the scope of activities prohibited by CASL. In future installments, I will explore exemptions to these prohibitions, as well as the requirement for consent.
CASL prohibits four main activities:
(i) Sending unsolicited commercial electronic messages;
(ii) Altering transmission data of an electronic message;
(iii) Installing unsolicited computer programs;
(iv) Collecting or using electronic addresses using a computer program without the knowledge and consent of the owner
Sending unsolicited commercial electronic messages
CASL's hallmark feature is that it prohibits a person from sending "commercial electronic messages" without:
(i) the consent of the recipient;
(ii) identifying the sender; and,
(iii) providing an unsubscribe mechanism.