Opinion Colum Kenny

Saturday 17 February 2018

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

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.

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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