Canada's new anti-spam law applies to "commercial electronic messages" (also known as CEMs) as of July 1, 2014. CEMs include e-mails and text messages.
The general rule under the new anti-spam law is that a person is prohibited from sending a CEM unless (i) the recipient has consented to receiving it (either express or implied consent), and (ii) the message complies with the content requirements under the anti-spam law (e.g., the message must include an unsubscribe mechanism that complies with the new rules).
The penalties for non-compliance with the new law are harsh: the maximum penalty is $1,000,000 per violation by an individual and $10,000,000 for violation by an organization.
The new law also affects other activities such as the installation of computer programs on a recipient's computer.
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