Cyber Harassment Could Soon Be A Crime In New Jersey

January 4, 2014 Comments off

 

By David Madden

TRENTON, N.J. (CBS) — A New Jersey senate committee cleared a measure this week that tightens laws against harassment over the Internet.

Camden County State Senator Donald Norcross wants to create the crime of cyber harassment.

“If a threat was being made person to person, it was covered. If a person made it over the phone, it was covered,” Norcross said. “But the cyber loophole was still there.”

Parents have often tried to take legal action to protect their kids online, only to find there is no law to hang their complaint on.

Norcross said his measure would be quite specific about what constitutes as cyber harassment.

“When the threats occur, they’re not accidentally being made,” he said. “They go to a certain condition that goes knowingly, with the intent to emotionally or physically harm. So no one will accidentally do this.”

Offenders could face up to 18 months in jail and/or a fine up to $10,000.

While the bill is aimed primarily at protecting children, Norcross believes it could be equally effective for adults. But he has asked for a legal clarification on that from the Attorney General.

Full senate action is pending and a similar bill in the Assembly has yet to move.

Teens Arrested in Rape Case Tied to Saratoga High Student’s Suicide

April 14, 2013 Comments off

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Updated:   04/12/2013 12:46:18 PM PDT

SARATOGA — Three 16-year-old boys were arrested Thursday in the sexual battery of an intoxicated and unconscious 15-year-old Saratoga High School student, who killed herself last fall after photos of the assault went viral.

When digital photos showing what had happened “spread like wildfire,” the aftermath was so humiliating and torturous the gifted and well-loved Audrie Pott could no longer take it, said Robert Allard, the attorney for her family.

“Poor Audrie was terrorized by cyberbullying,” Allard said.

She posted on Facebook, calling it the “worst day in her life,” a life she now wanted to end — which she did Sept. 10, eight days after the assault. Read entire article here.

I’m Back!

April 14, 2013 Comments off

Thanks go out to all of the followers of iDefamation (Cyberharassment Blog).

I am back to blogging.

Let’s continue to get the word out there!

 

LjM

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ACLU Wants To Challenge Cyberbullying Law

December 26, 2012 Comments off

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A raft of the law may be the first of its kind in the country, and the organization said it will seek plaintiffs for a possible court challenge to change it, contending it threatens to chill students’ free speech rights. The law threatens criminal penalties on students who use a computer with “the intent to intimidate or torment a school employee” by engaging in the same nasty online behavior that already makes it illegal to target a minor. Read Entire Post Here.

 

Google Fined $22.5 million over Safari Privacy Issue

December 8, 2012 Comments off

A judge has given the go-ahead on a $22.5 million fine against Google over privacy issues regarding Safari browser users. It is alleged that Google made contradictory statements, tracking users’ web browsing with cookies while assuring them that no such thing was taking place. The settlement was reached by Google and the FTC three months ago and finalized today. Read more here.

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