Two years after the Nova Scotia Supreme Court struck down the Cyber-Safety Act, the Nova Scotia Government has reintroduced new legislation to deal with cyber-bullying. The new Act (Bill 27) will allow a victim or parents to ask a judge to order that the alleged offences stop, to take down a web-page, prohibit further contact with the victim, or even order the perpetrator to pay damages to the victim.
Someone making such an application to the Court can ask that no one shall be permitted to publish their name or any information likely to identify them.
It is important to note that this Act does not immediately make it an offence to cyber bully or distribute intimate images, unlike the previous Act. Also, the Criminal Code of Canada does have provisions dealing with the distribution of intimate images. It is only an offence if someone disobeys an Order made under the Act.
If you are involved in one of these applications, you should consult with an experienced criminal law lawyer.
The recent issues surrounding QuadrigaCX and the death of the company’s CEO, Gerald Cotten, is an important reminder that you should ensure your digital assets are included as part of your estate planning.
I’m sure I was not the only one who spent a few minutes this weekend listening to the radio documentary “The Mamas and the Papas: How two Ottawa couples became co-parents ” on the CBC’s The Sunday Edition or reading the accompanying article online.
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