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Cyber bullying law has Poole’s support

On November 20, 2013, the federal government introduced legislation that would make it illegal to distribute intimate images on the internet without consent, and make it easier to remove such images from internet sites.

If passed, the legislations will:

  • Prohibit the non-consensual distribution of intimate images
  • Empower a court to order the removal of intimate images from the Internet
  • Permit the court to order forfeiture of the computer, cell phone, or other device used in the offence
  • Provide for reimbursement to victims for costs incurred in removing the intimate image form the Internet or elsewhere
  • Empower the court to make an order to prevent someone from distributing intimate images

“The legislation announced today will assist law enforcement by providing new tools to protect youth and adults from cyberbullying. The internet, while a useful tool in the everyday life of most Canadians, can also be used by some to harass and exploit others. This type of activity has the potential to have a very negative impact on those who are targeted, and in some tragic cases this kind of torment has led to teen suicide. This legislation will assist law enforcement in intervening in and preventing this kind of activity. Everyone deserves to grow up free from bullying, harassment and intimidation,” says the president of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, Vancouver Police Chief Constable Jim Chu.

Chatham-Kent Police Chief Dennis Poole added, “Our police service, along with all police services in Ontario are concerned about the impact of cyberbullying and other on-line criminal acts. We will support any legislation that is effective in eliminating barriers to criminal investigations and improves online safety for all Canadians. This type of online behaviour cannot, and will not, be tolerated.”

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