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1 Presented by Joan Braun, L.L.B., M.S.W. Teresa Mitchell, L.L.B. Lesley Conley, Program Coordinator Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta Canada Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) Cloudy with a Chance of Spam June 18, 2014 St. John’s Institute, Edmonton, AB

2 CASL for Charities and NFPs 2 Introductions Who Are We? What Do We Do? CPLEA uses a collaborative approach to develop materials and strategies for teaching people about the law.

3 CASL for Charities and NFPs 3 1. To Gain a Basic Understanding of CASL 2. Learn about Tips and Tools to Prepare

4 CASL for Charities and NFPs 4 1. Overview of CASL 2. Website and Resources 3. What’s next

5 CASL for Charities and NFPs 5  Overview  General intent of the legislation  Wide-ranging coverage

6 CASL for Charities and NFPs 6 What is a CEM? Transaction or act of a commercial character

7 CASL for Charities and NFPs 7  Exceptions for Registered Charities  Consent – Express & Implied  Existing Business & Non-Business Relationships  Dealing with Third Parties  Subscribe & Unsubscribe Mechanisms  Tracking (options)  Automated Message Systems

8 CASL for Charities and NFPs 8  What do the regulations say…..  Raising funds vs. Fundraising IMPORTANT: This exception does not apply to Not-for-Profits or Registered Amateur Athletic Associations.

9 CASL for Charities and NFPs 9  Soliciting donations  Tickets to dinners / golf tournaments & other fundraising events  Lotteries  Fun runs, etc.  Promoting events by arts & culture groups through ticket sales  Promoting charitable events even if on a cost-recovery basis  Newsletters that promote fundraising events, even if they list corporate sponsors

10 CASL for Charities and NFPs 10  Express Consent  Implied Consent  What’s excluded ….. Consent is the key concept to be aware of in CASL

11 CASL for Charities and NFPs 11  Recipient must voluntarily agree to receive CEM  Consent can be verbal or written  Must be documented

12 CASL for Charities and NFPs 12 Can be implied in three situations :  where there is an existing business relationship, or an existing non-business relationship  where the recipient has “conspicuously published” their electronic address  where the recipient has disclosed their electronic address to the person who is sending the message;

13 CASL for Charities and NFPs 13 SENDER of a CEM must:  Clearly indentify self  Clearly state the purpose of the CEM  Give contact information  State that consent can be withdrawn at any time

14 CASL for Charities and NFPs 14 An organization has an existing non-business relationship with a recipient if the recipient has, within the previous two years:  In the case of a registered charity – made a donation or gift, or has performed volunteer work for the charity  In the case of a not-for-profit - has been a member of the organization, such as a club or association. Each time that a recipient makes a donation or gift, or volunteers, the two-year implied consent period begins again. It is the same case for not-for-profits. Each time a member renews, the two-year implied consent period begins again.

15 CASL for Charities and NFPs 15  purchased, leased or bartered a produce, goods, services, land or an interest in land from the sender;  accepted a business, investment or gaming opportunity offered by the sender;  entered into a written contract or made inquiries about other matters with the sender for another matter not listed above;  within the previous six months, made an inquiry or an application about any of the matters listed above. ……… more An existing business relationship between the sender of the CEM and the recipient will be found if, within the previous two years the recipient has:

16 CASL for Charities and NFPs 16 The existing business relationship is renewed with each transaction, in that the two-year existing business relationship starts over. Rolling time frame….

17 CASL for Charities and NFPs 17 There are a number of CEMs to which CASL does not apply. These include messages sent:  to someone with whom the sender has a personal or family relationship;  to someone in a commercial activity making an inquiry or application about the activity, such as quotes or estimates;  to another employee, representative, consultant or franchisee of an organization about the activities of the organization;

18 CASL for Charities and NFPs 18  to an employee, representative, consultant or franchisee of another organization, if the organizations have a relationship and the message is about the activities of the receiving organization;  in response to a request, question or complaint, or is otherwise initiated by the recipient;  by or on behalf of a registered charity and the message has as its primary objective raising funds for the charity;  by or on behalf of a political party or a political candidate for publicly elected office, for the primary purpose of obtaining a donation or contribution.

19 CASL for Charities and NFPs 19 There is another type of CEM which is excluded from the provisions of CASL. There are two requirements for CEMs that fall under this exception: 1.They must conform to the rules about providing sender identity information and … 2.They must have an unsubscribe mechanism so that the recipient can opt not to receive future CEMs

20 CASL for Charities and NFPs 20  facilitate, complete or confirm a commercial transaction that the recipient previously agreed to enter into with the sender;  provide warranty, product recall or safety and security information about a product or service that the recipient has used or purchased;  provide product, goods or services updates or upgrades that the recipient is entitled to receive;  provide ongoing information about a subscription, loan, membership or account that the recipient is currently participating or enrolled in;  provide information directly related to an employment relationship or benefit plan in which the recipient is involved or enrolled. These messages must solely:

21 CASL for Charities and NFPs 21  an existing business relationship;  an existing non-business relationship;  a personal relationship; or  family relationship with the individual who sends the message as well as these relationships with the individual to whom the message is sent. Limited exemption for 3 rd party referrals following a referral by someone who has:

22 CASL for Charities and NFPs 22 CEM Requirements  must disclose the full name of the individual or individuals who made the referral and state that the message is sent as a result of the referral  must also comply with the sender identity information and unsubscribe mechanism requirements.  Only one 3rd party referral message may be sent under these terms, so it should contain a request for future consent.

23 CASL for Charities and NFPs 23 Be aware of what contracts are in place in which the 3 rd party may be sending CEMs on your organizations behalf Examples:  Advertising agencies  Social media management  Sales or distribution agents  Lobbyists, public relations or media advisors  Professional fundraising companies  Suppliers of referral / contact lists

24 CASL for Charities and NFPs 24 Review all contracts:  Make sure that any CEMs sent on your organization’s behalf are CASL compliant  Contracts should contain clauses that ensure that the service provider will meet all applicable CASL requirements, and will notify you if it is cited by CRTC for a violation  Ensure service provider will keep your organization indemnified for any costs or damages arising out of a breach. You should also ask your service provider to inform your organization of all unsubscribe requests and to keep records of CASL compliance.

25 CASL for Charities and NFPs 25 Checking a box to indicate consent Typing an address into a field to indicate consent

26 CASL for Charities and NFPs 26 An example of toggling that assumes consent

27 CASL for Charities and NFPs 27

28 CASL for Charities and NFPs 28  Simple, easy & quick  Free  Means to contact the sender must be operational for at least 60 days  Cannot use a “pre-checked” box (toggle box)  An unsubscribe request must be acted on within 10 business days. Examples …. Every CEM must provide a way for recipients to unsubscribe One of the most important components of the CASL scheme.

29 CASL for Charities and NFPs 29 Tracking should cover:  express consents;  implied consents;  conversion of implied consents to express consents; and  implementation of unsubscribe requests and the date it was done. For an example of a simple spreadsheet to track CEMs, see the Sample Tracking Spreadsheet under Tips and Tools.Tips and Tools

30 CASL for Charities and NFPs 30 High Tech / Low Tech  Benefits / Advantages  Cost - variety of factors come into play

31 CASL for Charities and NFPs 31  CRTC  Competition Bureau  Privacy Commission

32 CASL for Charities and NFPs 32  Administrative Monetary Penalties ( AMPs)  Vicarious Liability  Private right of action – After July 1, 2017

33 CASL for Charities and NFPs 33 July 1, 2014 – CASL in effect (for the most part ) If you had an existing business relationship or non existing non-business relationship before CASL came into effect your organization can rely on implied consent for the 3 year transition period…

34 CASL for Charities and NFPs 34 Between July 1, 2014 and July 1, 2016  If transaction, volunteering, or donation takes place this restarts the 2 year window for implied consent July 1, 2017  Private rights of action  3-year transition period for changing over - consents ends

35 CASL for Charities and NFPs 35  CPLEA - CASL website  Legislation  Industry Canada  Imagine Canada – listed under additional resources

36 CASL for Charities and NFPs 36

37 CASL for Charities and NFPs 37  Top Ten Tips Top Ten Tips  CASL Initial Compliance Questionnaire CASL Initial Compliance Questionnaire  Registered Charity Decision Tree Registered Charity Decision Tree  Not-for-Profit Decision Tree Not-for-Profit Decision Tree  Sample Tracking Spreadsheet Sample Tracking Spreadsheet  Timelines Checklist Timelines Checklist  Information and Resources for Not-for-Profits and Registered Charities ( Booklet, PDF 30 p.) Information and Resources for Not-for-Profits and Registered Charities

38 CASL for Charities and NFPs 38  Government of Canada Updates :  Non-Profit Sector  Law Firms

39 Thank you! For further information or training, contact us at: CASL for Charities and NFPs 39


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