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Should Online Impersonation Be a Crime?

PRIVACY LAW—NEW ZEALAND

October 7, 2010

Officials are considering whether impersonating others on the Internet--and particularly on social networking sites--should be a criminal offence. The New Zealand Herald reports on a similar move in the U.S., where the state of California passed legislation making it a crime to "harm, intimidate, threaten or defraud" through the Internet or other electronic means. New Zealand's Privacy Commission has been examining the Californian legislation, the report states, and Assistant Privacy Commissioner Katrine Evans has said the issue is among several being considered by the Law Commission. One issue to be considered is the line between serious impersonation and obvious parodies, the report states.  
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