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Conducting business online? Take note of anti-spam law

Anyone involved in commercial activities online should begin reviewing Canada's new anti-spam legislation and ensure their online activities are in compliance, Toronto commercial and corporate litigation lawyer Anatoly Dvorkin writes in Lawyers Weekly.  Read Lawyers Weekly  

Now that the law, Bill C-28, is expected to come into effect in 2013, it's an appropriate time to review its highlights as well as the roles of the federal agencies that must enforce it, he writes, noting that efforts to create legislation to deal with unsolicited commercial e-mail, text messages and other forms of electronic communications have been underway since 2004.

"Many organizations will require the services of a lawyer to assist with compliance efforts or, once enforcement commences, with defending against prosecution," the article states. "Thus, the act also represents an opportunity for business lawyers and administrative lawyers to generate new business."

Dvorkin writes, "The act is a lengthy and complicated piece of legislation that will require many individuals and businesses to review and modify how they conduct themselves online."

Three federal agencies are responsible for enforcement of the act: the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), the Competition Bureau and the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, the article says.

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