USA states' laws lax in protecting people from cyberstalking

Back in 1999, the United States Attorney General prepared a report at the request of then-Vice President Al Gore called Cyberstalking: A New Challenge for Law Enforcement and Industry that examined this emerging issue. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures website, however, since then only 68% of states in the USA have enacted cyberstalking laws. This is even though the website says “cyberstalking may be considered the most dangerous of the three types of Internet harassment, based on a posing credible threat of harm.” What is equally as shocking is that there is no consensus to the severity of the crime of cyberstalking – some states do consider cyberstalking a felony, while others deem cyberstalking to be merely just a misdemeanour.

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