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Bill Does Not Address All Its Objectives: Vaurasi

Bill Does Not Address All Its Objectives: Vaurasi
Fiji Law Society president Laurel Vaurasi. Photo: Simione Haravanua
May 03
10:00 2018


The Fiji Law Society believes that in its current form the Online Safety Bill  only addresses part of the problems that these Bills want to achieve.

This was the sentiment raised by Fiji Law Society president Laurel Vaurasi, during submissions to the Standing Committee on Justice, Law and Human Rights on the Bill yesterday.

She said they had welcomed the Bill because they knew in this advance technology we were  really within a press of a button.

“The world is now becoming so accessible at your fingertips and abuse obviously is something that crops up,” she said.

“But we see that the bill appears to be a recognition to the recent releases with regards to intimate visual recordings.

“And it does not address what it says with regards to cyber bullying, cyber stalking and other reports on harmful online behaviours.”

Ms Vaurasi said the bill seemed to be focusing on the release of intimate visual recordings, but it didn’t really address all the problems with regards to a safe online environment.

“We are suggesting that if there is a need to attend to these problems of intimate visual recordings then we could have used an amendment to crimes act and criminalise that behavior,” she said.

She added that the Bill, in its current form, does not address all its objectives. Edited by Percy Kean


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