N.S. Justice Minister to Recommend Law Restricting Distribution of Intimate Images

The justice minister of Nova Scotia, Ross Landry, has avowed to convince the federal authorities into making it illegal to distribute intimate, inappropriate pictures of someone with malicious or sexual intent without the consent the party involved. He explained to have come up with idea in light of a recent death of Rehtaeh Parsons. Landry alleged on Friday to have made plans of discussing the issue with federal Justice Minister, Rob Nicholson, next week in Ottawa.

Landry affirmed to have reached the conclusion of recommending changes to the Criminal Code after meeting with Leah Parsons, Rehtaeh’s mother. He mentioned that “it’s one of the commitments that I made last week to Ms. Parsons in the discussion.” Landry alleged that “as I heard her and others speak, it’s about images getting out there that don’t have the permission of the parties involved.”  Furthermore, Landry asserted that he would also like to see a law focused on prosecuting those people who redistribute the images in question. However, he stated that this part of his discussion with Nicholson will be more focused on whether such a law would be enforceable.

A Crown prosecutor who has represented Nova Scotia on a national cybercrime working group, Dan MacRury, claims to believe that such a law is enforceable, regardless of the challenges presented by technology. He alleged that “the child pornography provisions that are before the code are enforceable and they involve technology at the present time.” He elucidated that “from a technology point of view, it’s like any investigation. (Police) would have to prove who sent the item.”

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