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Cyber-stalking crackdown in South Australia

The state of South Australia is on the verge of outlawing cyber-stalking. People who use computer technology to cause physical or mental harm may face a maximum five-year jail term.

Trevor Griffin, South Australia attorney general, referred to stalking, which was outlawed in 1994, and warned that cyber-stalking would face a similar crackdown.

Under the proposed legislation, cyber-stalking would involve the use of the Internet or other electronic communication to publish or transmit offensive material in a manner that would arouse apprehension or fear.

Griffin defined a cyber-stalker as someone who sends e-mails to his or her victim; seeks to contact his or her victim through chat rooms; posts information about the victim on the Internet; or directs his or her victim to offensive or threatening Web sites.

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