Australian state proposes cyber-stalking legislation

The Australian state of South Australia is on the verge of outlawing cyber-stalking. People who use computer technology to cause physical or mental harm may face a maximum five-year jail term.

          The Australian state of South Australia is on the verge of outlawing cyber-stalking. People who use computer technology to cause physical or mental harm may face a maximum five-year jail term.

          South Australia Attorney General Trevor Griffin says stalking was outlawed in 1994, and cyber-stalking would now face a similar crackdown.

          Under the proposed legislation, cyber-stalking would involve the use of the internet or other electronic communication to publish or transmit offensive material in a manner that would arouse apprehension or fear.

          Griffin defined a cyber-stalker as someone who sends emails to his or her victim, seeks to contact his or her victim through chatrooms, posts information about the victim on the internet, or directs his or her victim to offensive or threatening websites.

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