A $100k Lesson Learned For Allegedly Violating CASL

A Toronto-based EdTech startup, Notesolution Inc. doing business as OneClass, has entered into an agreement with the CRTC’s Chief Compliance & Enforcement Officer to resolve alleged violations of Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL). As part of this agreement, OneClass agreed to make a payment of $100,000.

An investigation launched by the CRTC alleged that OneClass failed to comply with various requirements of CASL. Between October 31, 2016, and March 25, 2020, the company sent commercial electronic messages to promote its platform, allegedly without obtaining the required consent from the message recipients.

OneClass also allegedly installed a computer program on the computer systems of post-secondary students between October and November 2016, without meeting the necessary consent requirements.

In addition to the monetary payment, and in order to promote compliance with CASL, OneClass will develop and implement a compliance program addressing the sending of commercial electronic messages.

Go here for CRTC’s press release.

Click here for the full undertaking entered into between OneClass and the CRTC.