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Politician claims protection under Nova Scotia's new cyberbullying statute

Posted by Matt on December 14, 2013         Tagged with: crime, internet

I haven't been posting much lately because there haven't been any hot-button topics where I felt I could meaningfully contribute to the conversation. There still hasn't been, but one thing has come up that I thought was worth at least passing along. I briefly discussed Nova Scotia's new cyber-bullying statute a few weeks ago and I generally agreed with other commentators that the law was overly broad and ripe for abuse.

Well, it didn't take long. Nova Scotian MLA Lenore Zann is claiming that the posting and discussion of a topless picture of her on Twitter is cyberbullying. And while I have deep sympathy for anyone who takes a naked picture in confidence and later finds it spread across the Internet, that's not the case here. The picture in question is a frame from the TV show The L Word. Ms Zann willingly appeared topless on the show during her previous career as an actress, knowing full well that potentially millions of people would see her. To claim this is the kind of "intimate image" whose distribution the law should prevent is a ridiculous stretch.

Of course, David Fraser has an excellent blog post with more details and a look at how the law's overly broad definition of "cyberbullying" allows for this kind of abuse.

I'm too much of a gentleman to reproduce the image here, but I will point out that Google Image Search is a thing that exists.