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FL cyber law attorneyWith the rapid rise in technological innovation, the world has become a significantly more convenient place. Food and transportation can be ordered without making a phone call, and consumer goods can be delivered without the customer even leaving their house. Yet with the positive innovations, there are always a minority of people that will utilize technology to perform criminal acts. Below, we will discuss the relatively new phenomenon that is cyberstalking, and how to react if you are being stalked through online mediums.

What Is Cyberstalking?

Cyberstalking is defined as the act of utilizing the internet, email, or other form of communication to stalk or harass another party. These instances are not simply annoying, but can be dangerous extensions of physical stalking. If the person is not aware of your physical address, cyberstalking may be a means for them to access that information, and they may begin to physically stalk. The most common forms of cyberstalking include unsolicited obscene emails, harassment via online chat rooms, or the spreading of false or private information about a party through the use of online mediums. Fortunately, if a person is cyberstalking you, there are a few steps you can take.

Reacting to Cyberstalking

Once you have determined that you are being cyberstalked, it is important to act quickly. The first step you can take is seeking out the help of a skilled professional. Once you have contacted a party that you can trust, they can assist you through the next steps, which may include creating a new email account and resetting previous online passwords. If you are planning to pursue legal action against the stalker, it is important to speak with a qualified legal professional. The other party’s legal team may argue that the person was simply exercising their first amendment right to free speech, or that the harassment the victim faced was simply an unintended consequence related to the perpetrator’s actions. Regardless of how you are hoping to move forward, you need to speak with an adept cyber law professional.

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FL cyberlaw attorneyWith the widespread daily use of the internet and social media sites of all kinds, people have access to others’ personal information literally at their fingertips and in their pockets, via their cell phones. As a result, cyberstalking has become a danger that can affect nearly anyone.

What Qualifies as Cyberstalking?

Cyberstalking is any type of communication, through electronics, that is directed toward a particular person and gives that person reason to fear for his or her safety or the safety of another party, such as a loved one, friend, or pet. It may also include threats of damage to the victim’s property. Cyberstalking covers anything that may cause the victim “emotional distress,” or anxiety. The harassment may involve physical threats toward the victim or his and/or her family or friends, such as violence or sexual assault, bodily harm or kidnapping, just to name a few examples.

The cyberstalker may use any kind of electronic device to convey the threats and harassment, including phone calls, voice mails, text messages, instant messages by use of computers, cell phones, pagers, and multiple other means of communication. A law passed earlier this year in Illinois added messages sent through social media to their list of cyberstalking qualifications. Hacking is yet another form of cyberstalking that can negatively affect individuals and organizations that are targeted.

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