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Government introduces Online Harms Bill

19 Mar 2024 11:14 AM | CAN-TECH Law (Administrator)

Plans for platform regulation are less controversial than originally floated, but hate crimes and hate speech provisions are getting all the attention

On February 26, 2024, the federal Minister of Justice tabled Bill C-63, entitled “An Act to enact the Online Harms Act, to amend the Criminal Code, the Canadian Human Rights Act and An Act respecting the mandatory reporting of Internet child pornography by persons who provide an Internet service and to make consequential and related amendments to other Acts”. The Bill principally creates a new law called the Online Harms Act in order to regulate certain online platforms, creates new offenses in the Criminal Code and restores “communication of hate speech” to the Canada Human Rights Act.

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