Victim of cyber harassment? Know when to take legal action

Victims of cyber harassment have rights and can take legal action against perpetrators.

A young woman has been found guilty on 24 criminal charges relating to Facebook and email activities which can only be described as 'stalking'.

The former candidate attorney has been charged with crimen injuria, fraud, sending out false information on the internet, intimidation, and interception or interference with data.

Read: Social media insurance to cover silly 'slip ups' online

Social media law expert Emma Sadleir says victims of cyber bullying and cyber stalking are protected by law.

She advises that the Protection from Harassment Act refers to mental, emotional and psychological harm.

Cyber-bullying has become a whole lot worse.

Emma Sadleir, Social media law expert

I highly recommend that people seek assistance from lawyers and find out what your legal remedies are.

Emma Sadleir, Social media law expert

Also read: Watch your complaints on social media, companies can sue you

Meanwhile, Parliament has opened the proposed Cybercrime and Cybersecurity Bill for public comment.

It is expected to address cyber crimes in more detail and criminalise a variety of online crimes.

Take a listen to her expert advice:

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