#CyberFLASH: Canada – Law makes cyberbullies of us all


Nova Scotia has just used its good intentions to venture down the path to hell. They’ve made pretty much everyone a potential criminal. And other provinces are threatening to follow.

Last week, the Cyber-Safety Act came into effect.

It’s a response to the Rehtaeh Parsons case — the teen who killed herself in April, a year and a half after a party at which four boys allegedly raped her. Sexual photos were distributed at school and Parsons was repeatedly harassed. The act empowers courts to issue “cyberbullying prevention orders” after someone complains.

This includes entering someone’s property, seizing laptops or cellphones, shutting off someone’s Internet for a year and more. Parents can be punished if they haven’t set Internet and texting rules favoured by the courts.

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