In March 2023 the BC Government passed the Intimate Images Protective Act. The regulations under the Act and the way the Civil Resolution Tribunal (“CRT”) will deal with these claims are yet to be finalized but things now appear to be getting closer.
Today the CRT announced draft rules for these claims and requested public feedback. The below has been published on the CRT’s website:
The Intimate Images Protection Act (IIPA), passed in March 2023, gives the Civil Resolution Tribunal (CRT) jurisdiction to resolve claims about non-consensual sharing of intimate images.
Under IIPA, the CRT can issue protection orders that require an intimate image be deleted, de-indexed, and/or removed from a website or social media platform. If a person or internet platform doesn’t comply with a protection order, the CRT can order an administrative penalty. Administrative penalties are payable to government. The CRT can also award damages of up to $5,000.
The launch date for the CRT accepting these claims will be determined by the BC government. That date has not yet been announced.
To prepare for this change, we’ve created a new set of CRT rules. These rules are called the Intimate Image Protection Order Rules. They will apply to claims for protection orders and administrative penalties.
The newly drafted rules are ready to share with you. We’d like your feedback on them.
A full copy of the DRAFT RULES can be found here.