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Cyber-Stalking Legislation

Cyber-Stalking Legislation

California was the first state in the United States to enact stalking legislation in 1990. Currently, all 50 states and the federal government have statutes that attempt to address these types of crimes. Yet many of these statutes fail to address stalking via the Internet and many cyber-stalking crimes go unprosecuted. California also was the first state to enact cyber-stalking legislation in 1999. As states attempt to enact new legislation related to cyber-stalking, many issues arise due to potential conflicts with civil rights, such as freedom of speech and right to privacy.

For this Discussion, refer to the web resource “State Cyberstalking, Cyberharrassment and Cyberbullying Laws” to research any cyber-stalking laws within your state of residence. If you do not reside in the United States., research cyber-stalking laws in your country of residence. Think about the degree to which these laws are effective for protecting victims and deterring offenders. Then consider any limitations that exist in current legislation related to cyber-stalking.

Post by Day 4 a description of any cyber-stalking laws in your state (or country of residence if outside the United States). Then explain whether or not the law(s) you identified are effective for protecting victims and deterring offenders. Finally, explain any limitations that exist in current legislation related to cyber-stalking.

One and a half page with at least two references….

It is important that you cover all the topics identified in the assignment. Covering the topic does not mean mentioning the topic BUT presenting an explanation from the readings for this class

To get maximum points you need to follow the requirements listed for this assignments 1) look at the page limits 2) review and follow APA rules 3) create subheadings to identify the key sections you are presenting and 4) Free from typographical and sentence construction errors.


  • Course Text: Taylor, R. W., Fritsch, E. J., & Liederbach, J. (2015). Digital crime and digital terrorism. (3rd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.
    • Chapter 8, “Sex Crimes, Victimization, and Obscenity on the World Wide Web” (review)
  • Article: Basu, S., & Jones, R. (2007). Regulating cyberstalking. Journal of Information, Law and Technology, (2).
  • Article: Creepy crawlies: Cyber-stalking. (2011). The Economist, 399(8730), 63–64.
  • Article: Franken, Blumenthal introduce mobile privacy legislation. (2011).Telecommunications Reports, 77(13), 12–13.
  • Article: Reyns, B. W. (2010). A situational crime prevention approach to cyberstalking victimization: Preventive tactics for Internet users and online place managers. Crime Prevention and Community Safety, 12(2), 99–118.
  • Article: Roberts, L. (2008). Jurisdictional and definitional concerns with computer-mediated interpersonal crimes: An analysis on cyber stalking. International Journal of Cyber Criminology, 2(1), 271–285.

Web Resource

Article: Working to Halt Online Abuse (WHOA). (2016) Cyberstalking-related federal and state laws. Retrieved from http://www.haltabuse.org/resources/laws




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