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Bill Could Put Cyber Bullies Behind Bars

ONLINE PRIVACY—NEW ZEALAND

November 7, 2013

A new bill being introduced in Parliament could see cyber bullies facing up to three years in prison, The Sydney Morning Herald reports. The Harmful Digital Communications Bill is backed by Justice Minister Judith Collins and would create a criminal offence for “sending messages or posting material online with intent to cause harm—including threatening and offensive messages, harassment, damaging rumours and invasive photographs,” punishable by up to three months in prison or a $2,000 fine, the report states. The bill would also establish an agency responsible for handling complaints.
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