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New cyber-protection act 'cumbersome' says privacy lawyer

David Fraser says the process to get help under the new Intimate Images and Cyber-Protection Act is simply too complicated
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A high-profile privacy lawyer is voicing some concerns about the new cyber-protection legislation.

David Fraser says the process to get help under the new Intimate Images and Cyber-Protection Act is simply too complicated.

Fraser says getting started will cost people at least $250, and there are a number of steps people have to navigate.

"It seems to be a pretty cumbersome process in order to get there," he said. "And in my experience also ... if they are the victim of cyberbullying or they're the victim of an intimate images offence, they're looking to have that content taken down and they're looking to have it happen quickly."

Another issue he is concerned about is that the legislation doesn't allow for young people to go to court without a parent involved.

"The legislation deals with intimate images. I can certainly see a scenario in which a young person would find it very difficult to tell a parent that this had happened," Fraser explained.

"While it's not that common, in fact in most cases young people don't get to go to court, I think there probably should be a mechanism by which they could do that. They could have a trusted adult help them."

Fraser says there is a three year review built into the legislation. He added the minister of justice has the ability to make changes, so these issues could be altered at any time.




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