Protecting Yourself from Cyber-stalking

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The Law in Georgia

"(a)(1) A person commits the offense of stalking when he or she follows, places under surveillance, or contacts another person at or about a place or places without the consent of the other person for the purpose of harassing and intimidating the other person." Georgia has included protection from this behavior on computers and networks. For example, routinely tracking an individual's movements on-line and patterns of harassing or intimidating actions may reasonably cause that person to fear for his safety (the law applies to a family member, too) if no legitimate purpose can be demonstrated. Of course, a computer can't be used to harass if a temporary protective order or other such order is in place. Violating such an order will constitute stalking as well. While a first conviction is generally a misdemeanor, the law makes subsequent offenses a felony and the punishments are much more far reaching.

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Protection

Stalking is a pattern of harassing or threatening behavior. While we generally think about physical stalking, we are increasingly aware of cyberstalking. o Physical stalking may involve following someone, appearing at a person's home or place of business, making harassing phone calls, leaving messages or objects, or other unwanted behavior. o Cyberstalking involves using the Internet or other electronic means to harass. Web based analytics and tracking software is readily available to help an individual establish a pattern of harassment and intimidation. This software may be integrated into a website or a mobile phone to capture relevant information to be used in your case. If you are experiencing anxiety due to harassing and intimidating behavior that is happening on-line, consider speaking with an attorney. An attorney might be able to help with a temporary protective order or similar legal tool to stop this behavior. Cyberstalking may be a serious threat to your safety.

Additional Resources

Some helpful organizations and websites include: Georgia CyberCrime Task Force http://www.haltabuse.org www.privacyrights.org

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