UK govt. urged to review cyber-stalking laws

May 1st, 2011 - 6:11 pm ICT by ANI  

London, May 1 (ANI): A senior British police officer has urged the government to review cyber-stalking laws, and empower police to seize computers used to harass victims online.

It is hard to prove who committed stalking even though it is easy to establish which computer was used.

Greater Manchester Assistant Chief Constable Garry Shewan, who is also the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) leader on the issue of stalking and harassment, had met ministers at the Home Office last week.

“The legislation is 12 years old and I don’t think anyone envisaged 12 years ago the extent that the World Wide Web would open up opportunities to harass and stalk people via the internet,” the BBC quoted Shewan, as saying.

Meanwhile, the Home Office has said it is investigating the issue.

Currently, cyber-stalkers can either be charged under the Protection from Harassment Act or the Malicious Communications Act, but academics believe that none of them are sufficient enough to meet the problem given the expansion in technology in recent years. (ANI)

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