THE VARSITY – Alert social media companies about violence

Daniel Tobok
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Posted on: March 20, 2019

by Gabrielle Warren

In Canada, there are no laws that require citizens to report crimes they see online. However, according to Daniel Tobok, an internationally recognized cybersecurity and digital forensics expert based in Toronto, a possible loophole could be a little-common section of the Criminal Code of Canada. Section 22 states that an individual who “omits to do anything for the purpose of aiding any person to commit” a crime is also responsible for that crime. This suggests that witnessing a livestreamed crime and not reporting it could possibly have repercussions, especially if the intent in doing so is to assist the perpetrator.