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As private-sector companies gear up for the July 1 implementation of the Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL), in-boxes around Brock may be inundated with requests for consent from third parties seeking to continue to send you newsletters, deals and other commercial electronic communications (or CEMs, as they are termed by the legislation).
It may have got people wondering, how does this affect the emails I send at Brock?
The good news is, most of the emails sent by Brock will be exempted from the legislation. Brock's legal team has consulted with legal counsel at other Ontario universities, and has also obtained a legal opinion from independent legal counsel, and has concluded that emails relating to the University's core educational activities are not covered by the legislation. This means that emails relating to student offers, teaching, research, even student events and co-op placements are not subject to the Act's requirements.
The Act also includes a number of exceptions that exempt certain other messages, such as where:
However, electronic messages that do not relate to the core educational activities of the University, and have either a commercial purpose or a mixed purpose (and don't fall into the exempted categories above), may be subject to the Act's requirements.
For those emails, senders will need to comply with the Act's 3 main requirements for CEMS:
The University's legal team is preparing a tool kit for staff that explains when and how CASL applies, and provides guidance on how to comply with the Act. The University plans to release the kit in mid-July and will be offering training to all staff at that point.
In the meantime, if you have any questions about how CASL affects what you do, please contact the University's General Counsel, Chabriol Colebatch, at email@example.com