Rogers Media Agrees to Pay $200,000 Fine Under CRTC’s Anti-Spam Law

Rogers Media, a unit of Rogers Communications Inc., has agreed to pay a $200,000 fine to the CRTC for allegedly sending unsolicited e-mail advertisements.

Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has said that the violations stretched from July 2014 to July, 2015, when consumers received emails that had an “unsubscribe” option that would not function properly. It is also alleged by CRTC that Rogers failed to honour unsubscribe requests from recipients within ten business days.

It is the fourth fine under the new anti-spam laws in 2015.

In March, corporate training company Compu-Finder was fined $1.1 million. After that, online dating website PlentyOfFish was fined $48,000 and Porter Airlines was fined $150,000.

The first unsolicited e-mail sent by a Canadian company is considered a violation under the anti-spam law.

Canadians will be able to file lawsuits against businesses for breaking the anti-spam laws once a transition period ends on July 1, 2017, the CRTC said.