#CyberFLASH: Lawyer: Cybercrime bill could be applied to people sharing any porn

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People simply sharing pornography could be swept up in Canada’s new cybercrime bill, a privacy lawyer warned Parliamentarians on Tuesday.

If passed into law, Bill C-13 will make it illegal to share a naked picture of someone without their consent, but the details are causing concern.

“We want to criminalize the boyfriend who posts pictures of his ex-girlfriend online without her consent, the so-called revenge porn,” said McInnes Cooper lawyer David Fraser before the House of Commons committee on justice and human rights.

“But we need to be cautious. We shouldn’t inadvertently criminalize behaviour that’s not blameworthy.”

Fraser believes the law should apply to people who know, or ought to know, that the subject of an image doesn’t want it shared. In other words, it would apply to someone who knows the person in the picture.

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