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Colum Kenny: Victims of online persecution say law offers little protection

The regulations in Ireland covering harassment by text or on social media are simply too weak, writes Colum Kenny

Published 09/09/2012 | 05:00

Gardai last week arrested a man as they tried to put an end to a wild campaign of intimidation by text and social media in the west. Anyone could be the victim of such harassment.

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The case in Mayo highlights a flaw in the law when it comes to protecting people against online identity theft and e-persecution. Earlier this year, a High Court judge called for new laws to protect people from "patently untrue" statements on the internet.

Harry Langan, 15, from Westport, has been the victim of a vicious deceit that saw vile text messages sent in his name and his Facebook page hacked. Harry was assaulted because of messages falsely sent in his name.

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