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e-4700 (Justice)

Initiated by Sarah Rimbey from Calgary, Alberta

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

  • Measures currently in place to protect Canadians from the dissemination of non-consensual pornography may fall short and be out of pace with technological advances in Artificial Intelligence (AI);
  • With the rise of programs and applications augmented by AI, images and videos, virtually indistinguishable from reality, can be generated for distribution without consent;
  • Canada’s determination of what constitutes an intimate image may not cover this AI-generated intimate content and may open Canadians to attack without legal protection;
  • Existing criminal laws were enacted to protect vulnerable Canadians, particularly young women, from the distribution of non-consensual digital content;
  • In 2013, Rehtaeh Parsons, a 17-year-old Nova Scotian, tragically died after an attempted suicide when classmates electronically disseminated photographs of her being allegedly gang raped;
  • In 2012, a 15-year-old British Columbia girl, Amanda Todd, committed suicide after experiencing assault, extreme bullying and blackmail related to the non-consensual online distribution of photos of her breasts; and
  • Now, further protections must be implemented to reduce the gap between technological advances and the outpaced ability of Canadian lawmakers to protect vulnerable Canadians from the dissemination of non-consensual digital content.
We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to protect vulnerable Canadians by adequately penalizing the dissemination of non-consensual AI-generated intimate digital content.
Open for signature
November 23, 2023, at 11:20 a.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
March 22, 2024, at 11:20 a.m. (EDT)
Photo - Michelle Rempel Garner
Calgary Nose Hill
Conservative Caucus