Need for cy­ber­bul­ly­ing laws ur­gent: Law prof.

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD -

A law pro­fes­sor says some Cana­dian prov­inces ur­gently need to in­tro­duce cy­ber­bul­ly­ing pro­tec­tion units that al­low vic­tims of ha­rass­ment and un­wanted shar­ing of in­ti­mate im­ages to seek so­lu­tions with­out re­ly­ing solely on po­lice and the courts. Nova Sco­tia had a Cy­ber Safety Act — the first in Canada — from the fall of 2013 un­til the leg­is­la­tion was struck down by the Supreme Court of Nova Sco­tia near the end of 2015, when a judge ruled that it in­fringed on char­ter rights of free­dom of ex­pres­sion. Dur­ing a meet­ing of the In­ter­na­tional So­ci­ety for the Re­form of Crim­i­nal Law in Hal­i­fax Wed­nes­day, sev­eral ex­perts said vic­tims of online ha­rass­ment have had to turn ei­ther to po­lice or ex­pen­sive civil reme­dies.

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