With social media & online profiles now becoming more prevalent in our society, so is the risk of online abuse, stalking & harassment.
Modern technologies such as Apple Air Tags & monitoring apps can make cyberstalking easier for perpetrators. These apps & technologies, whilst often useful protective tools – parents can often use such ways to keep their children safe – can make people easier to track and access, and in the wrong hands, these can prove to be dangerous.
Fortunately, here at Watson Ramsbottom, we have a team of experts well positioned to provide the support & guidance you need to be better equipped online, and support those who are unfortunately already facing online cyberstalking.
What Actually Constitutes Cyberstalking
Stalking is not defined within the legislation although examples would be:
- Publishing any statement or other material relating to that person or purporting to be from that person
- Monitoring a person’s use of the internet, email or other communication
- Watching or spying on a person
- Publishing or threats to publicise intimate photographs (“revenge porn”)
“Cyberstalking is now present in virtually every case of stalking that i deal with. Clients are often surprised at the information available from their online footprint that stalkers can access and when you add in stalking tools such as spyware which enables the stalker to turn on the camera and microphone on your phone remotely or send text messages from your phone it really is terrifying
This behaviour is criminal however the police often don’t treat it as such and give advice which actually increases the risk to the victim rather than reducing it. I spend a lot of my time helping victims by advocating with the police and helping to present their case to the police to persuade them to use the correct legislation or appealing decisions by the police not to charge”