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Arizona to Outlaw Internet Stalking

July 24, 2012

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by Lindsey Erdody – Jul. 11, 2012 09:56 PM
The Republic | azcentral.com

When Arizona lawmakers crafted legislation on stalking and harassment in the 1970s, there was no way they could have foreseen the possibility of it happening on the yet-to-be Internet, through e-mails or in text messages.

Changes in technology motivated legislators to write a new law this year that will prohibit stalking or harassment through the Internet and other more modern means of communication. When the law goes into effect Aug. 2, Arizona will join 24 other states with similar legislation.

House Bill 2549 prevents anyone from terrifying, intimidating, threatening or harassing an individual through electronic communication.

The previous law protected individuals from these acts only via the telephone.

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