CRTC issues first notice of violation: $1.1 million in penalty for breach of CASL

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission‘s (CRTC’s) Chief Compliance and Enforcement Officer today issued a Notice of Violation to Compu-Finder, which includes a penalty of $1.1 million, for four violations of CASL. Compu-Finder has 30 days to submit written representations to the CRTC or pay the penalty. It also has the option of requesting an undertaking with the CRTC on this matter.

The investigation found that Compu-Finder has sent commercial electronic messages (CEMs): (i) without the recipient’s consent; and (ii) which did not include properly functioning unsubscribe mechanisms. The CEMs promoted training courses to businesses (B2B type of CEMs). The news release reports that an analysis of the complaints made to the Spam Reporting Centre (SRC) of this industry sector shows that Compu-Finder accounts for 26% of the complaints which were submitted.

This content has been updated on March 5, 2015 at 13 h 33 min.