Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL)

The primary purpose of the Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) is to prohibit the sending of spam (i.e. unwanted commercial electronic messages.) CASL also regulates the following activities:

•    Installing unwanted computer programs (i.e. spyware and viruses)
•    Altering transmission data
•    Providing false or misleading information in a message
•    Harvesting addresses
•    Collecting personal information

At UNB, CASL mainly applies to emails. Any messages that contain commercial content may constitute commercial electronic messages under CASL.  Due to the wide definition of “commercial” under CASL, this applies to UNB activities such as recruiting, conferences, courses, dinners, etc. However, CASL does not apply to messages sent by the University for the primary purpose of charitable fundraising.

Effective July 1, 2014, non-compliance with the CASL may lead to significant financial penalties (up to $1 million per individual); therefore, faculty and staff who are sending commercial electronic messages are strongly encouraged to review the information below.

Please contact Erik Denis, Records Management, Access and Privacy Coordinator with the University Secretariat’s Office if you have any questions in regards to how your office functions could be impacted by these legislative changes:  via e-mail erik.denis@unb.ca or phone (506)453-4710

Further Information:
CASL Presentation
CASL Paper

External Links:
Government of Canada Anti-Spam Site