While CASL (Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation) has been around since 2014, the program will be fully rolled out as of July 1st, 2017. CASL was launched with the purpose of reducing unwanted spam to Canadian consumers via email, text, and social media messaging.
If you communicate with customers through email or direct message than the July 1st date should be on your radar.
Here's what you need to know.
Before you send your next commercial electronic message (CEM) you must make sure you have:
First of all, make sure to refresh yourself and your team on these 3 points and ensure they are being met. MailChimp and other email management systems have templates that make these tasks easy to complete.
Second, set up policies and processes for your business surrounding CASL. Ensure compliance is being met with every staff member.
Non-compliance with CASL can have very real financial implications for your business. After July 1st the penalties are in full effect. Here is a penalty breakdown from the BDC:
"Failure to comply with CASL can lead to tough penalties for individuals up to $1 million, and corporations up to $10 million, for violating its provisions."
Ensure you are meeting CASL compliance. Even for a small business, it is essential. Non-consensual communication, whether explicitly marketing or not, is a CASL violation.
Knowledge is power! Train your staff, create policies, and have a discussion about CASL and its requirements as a team.
Implement a CRM. A customer relationship manager allows you, the business owner, to manage the emails and communication going out to leads. Keep tabs on your communication and stay compliant.
Want more information on this legislation and its implications? Read this article from the BDC.
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