The Privacy Act Amended to Stop “Revenge Porn” in Saskatchewan

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At the Saskatchewan throne speech on October 25th, the Saskatchewan government announced plans to amend The Privacy Act to allow victims of “revenge porn” to make claims through small claims court. The legislation is intended to reduce cyberbullying which uses the unauthorized sharing of intimate images. The Legislative assembly felt that this it is difficult to rely on the criminal code in to deal with this crime as “the burden of proof – beyond a reasonable doubt – is so high.”  Small claims court is also much less costly, and can provide a more accessible avenue to justice than criminal court.

In addition to allowing claims through small claims court, the amendment will also create a reverse onus once it has been proven that the plaintiff’s image has been shared. The onus will require the defendant to prove the posting of said images were posted consensually.

The Minutes for the throne speech can be found here.

 

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