CRTC Finds Director Vicariously Liable for Company’s Violation of CASL

On April 23, 2019, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (“CRTC”) imposed a $100,000 penalty on a corporate director for violations of Canada’s anti-spam legislation[1] (“CASL”) committed by the company. This is the first time an individual has been held liable under CASL for violations committed by a corporation.

Background

Operating under multiple business names (notably nCrowd, Teambuy, DealFind, and Dealathons – collectively, “nCrowd”), nCrowd sent unsolicited commercial emails to Canadians. nCrowd offered promotional vouchers for discounted rates on products, such as electronics, or services, such as beauty treatments, to be redeemed by consumers from third-party suppliers.

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