News release

Province Seeks Feedback on Intimate Images and Cyber-protection Act

The Province is asking Nova Scotians for feedback on the Intimate Images and Cyber-protection Act, legislation that came into effect almost four years ago to help protect victims of cyberbullying.

The act provides victims with options to deal with individuals who want to cause them harm online.

“We want to help keep people safe online, so it is important that we review the legislation to ensure that it remains effective,” said Justice Minister and Attorney General Brad Johns. “The feedback we receive will be valuable in helping us see where we can improve the legislation.”

The consultation phase begins today, January 6, with the launch of an online survey. Submissions are also welcome by email, mail and phone. The deadline for submissions is January 28. The survey and more information on the consultation are available at: https://novascotia.ca/intimate-images-and-cyber-protection-act-survey/

A series of targeted focus group sessions is also planned with various people and stakeholder groups, including victims and their families, provincial and police victim-services staff, judges, police, lawyers, academics, advocates and people from diverse communities. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the focus groups will be held virtually.

The Intimate Images and Cyber-protection Act, proclaimed in July 2018, allows victims and families to:

  • participate in restorative approaches to resolve disputes
  • get protection orders for alleged offenders to stop the activity
  • request removal of online content
  • prohibit further contact
  • seek compensation.

Quick Facts:

  • the legislation includes a requirement for the minister to review the act and submit a report to the House of Assembly within four years
  • Nova Scotia was the first province in Canada to adopt broad legislation addressing cyberbullying and the unwanted sharing of intimate images
  • since July 2018, there have been two court cases with applications for cyber-protection orders under the act
  • the CyberScan unit, which was created under the former Cyber Safety Act, continues to help victims understand their options and navigate the justice system
  • the CyberScan unit worked on 660 cases between July 5, 2018, and December 21, 2021

Additional Resources:

The Intimate Images and Cyber-protection Act: https://nslegislature.ca/sites/default/files/legc/statutes/intimate%20images%20and%20cyber-protection.pdf

More information on cyberbullying and the non-consensual sharing of intimate images and the supports available to victims is at: https://novascotia.ca/cyberscan/

Anyone who believes they are the victim of cyberbullying or that an intimate image was shared without consent can call CyberScan at 902-424-6990 or toll-free at 855-702-8324

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