International law enforcement cooperation and the prosecution of cyber stalkers

Igwe, Ori (2016) International law enforcement cooperation and the prosecution of cyber stalkers. New Vistas, 2 (2). pp. 29-40. ISSN 2056-9688

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The current state of knowledge on cyber stalking in the United Kingdom is reviewed. Cyber stalking connotes stalking activities which are carried out by perpetrators in the virtual world via any aspects of information technology or electronic means resulting in a victim or victims suffering emotional and arguably mental and psychological harm. Building on this knowledge, the methods used by cyber stalkers to harass victims are identified. The effects of cyber stalking on victims are then analysed taking into account recent research findings. Following from this, the prevalence of cyber stalking is examined and the effectiveness of existing legislation is evaluated taking into account the recently introduced laws on face-to-face stalking and cyber stalking. The paper concludes by giving an overview of the challenges faced by law enforcement agencies in the cross jurisdictional prosecution of cyber stalkers.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © University of West London 2016
Keywords: online harassment, cyber stalking, cyber bullying, trolling, legislation on cyber, stalking, Protection from Harassment Act 1997, Protection of Freedoms Act 2012
Subjects: Law and criminal justice > Law
Depositing User: Dominic Walker
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2017 16:20
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2024 15:51


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