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Canada Anti-Spam Law: 3 Year Grace Period?

Anyone know what needs to happen on July 1 2014 and what needs to happen by July 1 2017? 

I've been hearing of a three year grace period. Is this true? 


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Re: Canada Anti-Spam Law: 3 Year Grace Period?

That three year grace period is if you can prove that you have an existing business relationship with someone. Here's one quote on this: 

"If they can demonstrate that they have existing business relationships with recipients, that counts as “implied consent” for a grace period of three years after the law goes into effect." (Globe and Mail). 

July 1st you can no longer send Commercial Emails (emails promoting your products and services where you cannot prove consent or a prior business relationship). To err on the side of safety, don't send anything. Here's the full Globe and Mail article (may help): 
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/industry-news/marketing/businesses-take-advantage-before-anti-spam-law-begins/article19252592/

There are some other discussions out there with what others have done to become compliant. Most are sending emails to their existing databse requesting an explicit opt in. Then setting everyone else as marketing suspended. Even on forms for gated content, it would be recommended to ensure that you are clearly stating that this is consent to receive marketing emails and offer an opt-out or in for that (depending on your wording). 

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Re: Canada Anti-Spam Law: 3 Year Grace Period?

That three year grace period is if you can prove that you have an existing business relationship with someone. Here's one quote on this: 

"If they can demonstrate that they have existing business relationships with recipients, that counts as “implied consent” for a grace period of three years after the law goes into effect." (Globe and Mail). 

July 1st you can no longer send Commercial Emails (emails promoting your products and services where you cannot prove consent or a prior business relationship). To err on the side of safety, don't send anything. Here's the full Globe and Mail article (may help): 
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/industry-news/marketing/businesses-take-advantage-before-anti-spam-law-begins/article19252592/

There are some other discussions out there with what others have done to become compliant. Most are sending emails to their existing databse requesting an explicit opt in. Then setting everyone else as marketing suspended. Even on forms for gated content, it would be recommended to ensure that you are clearly stating that this is consent to receive marketing emails and offer an opt-out or in for that (depending on your wording). 

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Re: Canada Anti-Spam Law: 3 Year Grace Period?

Thanks Sarah for the response! Couple clarifying questions...

So if you can prove that they had a existing business relationship (implied consent) prior to July 1 2014 than you have until July 1 2017 to get them to "opt-in"?

With this group of people that fall under the implied consent category, am I able to still send them emails until July 1 2017? 




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Re: Canada Anti-Spam Law: 3 Year Grace Period?

Yes, you have until 2017 to get an express consent. After July 1st if you have people with an "implied consent" (previous business relationship, contract, free trial download, etc., it drops to two years.