Internet crime, also known as “Cyber crime”, is a rapidly evolving area of Canadian law that involves offenses committed through the use of computers and, more specifically, the internet. A relatively new field of law that is quickly increasing in scope, internet crimes include: fraud, impersonation, harassment, child pornography and child luring.
Internet crimes can be charged as either summary or indictable offenses, depending on the circumstances and the severity of the internet crime committed.White-collar internet crimes such as fraud or phishing are typically perpetrated in a business setting and can lead to heavy fines or significant time in prison.Internet crimes of a sexual or exploitative nature, especially those involving children, are viewed as very serious offenses. These convictions carry minimum jail time, mandatory rehabilitation and registration in the Sexual Offender’s Information Registry (SOIRA). For example: the only available sentence for accessing, possessing, making or distributing child pornography is a minimum jail sentence, with the number of years being dependent on the number of times you have been convicted as well as the nature of the offense you are convicted of.
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