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Cyberstalking should sates acquire the federal law?


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On a sate level it is currently very hard to prosecute cyberstalking as state laws can differ from federal laws. How much goes to far? what could be determined as substantial emotional stress? Right now the FBI categorizes cyberstalking as such. Staff and other researchers may weigh-in. 

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What is Cyberstalking?

It is a specific federal crime and falls under a federal stalking statute as part of the Violence Against Women Act of 2005. The law was amended in 2013 to include stalking by the Internet or by telephone and no longer requires that the perpetrator and victim live in different legal jurisdictions.

The amended law in part makes it illegal to use “any interactive computer service or electronic communication service” to conduct activity that places a person “in reasonable fear” of death or serious bodily injury, or that causes or could cause “substantial emotional distress.” The law states the actions must be intentional.

 

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Cyber Stalking should remain at the Federal level as it tends to be an interstate, International, crime.

Stalking in general needs to have better State-wide legislation.

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Malwarebytes LABS has a fairly extensive list of articles covering the subject of stalkerware which I've linked to below:

https://blog.malwarebytes.com/?s=Stalkerware

That list of articles contains tons of excellent information, including tips on how we can better protect ourselves from cyberstalking as well as info on many of the laws and organizations combating it.

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