8 posts • joined Thursday 4th December 2008 16:04 GMT
Cyberstalking is devastating
Let me give you two real scenarios. A women is being cyberstalked. He knows where she lives, works and how she gets to work. He describe all this in detail. It goes on for months he tells her things so she knows he is watching her. She has no idea who he is. He threatens to push her in front of a tube train. She is too terrified to go to work via the tube - because she never knows if the stranger next to her is her stalker. She quits her job.
A man teacher is stalked. He is accused of being a pedophile. The parents of his students, the school the local newspaper are contacted. He is investigated. He doesn't know who is doing it or why. He keeps his job but the stress and the financial loss of getting legal advice has caused him to be depressed. He considers changing careers.
Stalking destroys lives. It leads to homicide and suicide. It is a crime where someone is forcing you to have an intimate relationship with them - against your will . A victim described it as "mental rape".
I could give numerous stories of devastating effects of stalking. Victims suffer from PTSD because the devastating impact of stalking on their lives.
We are seeing more predators approaching people on all the Social Networks. The is issue is they are visible because of their user settings. We need higher default privacy settings.
Many of these predators become friends of kids online - so the kids aren't panicked. Miss Hall was never panicked she thought she was talking to and meeting her new boyfriend. The CEOP button would not have changed the outcome of this case.
Is this really new?
Isn't most of this work already taking place under the NISCC/CPNI, CSIA and CESG?
We are still waiting for the National Fraud Reporting Centre which has been delayed again until 2010. So, how long will it take to do something more sophisticated?
I just don't see these proposals helping most consumers or business. I think the government could spend the money more effectively - like giving us (www.e-victims.org) some money so we can help more victims of e-crime and other online incidents.
I'll believe it when I see it!
The Internet Fraud Reporting site has been delayed again until 2010 which frankly is unacceptable. I would expect the same delays, lack of focus and resources will plague this latest idea. Although, I would love to be proved wrong.
Goodness knows that victims simply do not get the help from enforcement agencies they deserve.
5 minutes on safety
We are just starting to see more problems with online issues hitting mobile phones. Yep, the criminals are thrilled there is another device like Iphone to get to new victims.
I would like to see people spend 5 minutes learning how to be safe before they learn how to work their "fun" features. I know it ain't gonna happen.
The main problem is their is no political will to address e-crime or other online incidents. Remember this government has you reporting your credit card fraud to credit card companies, bank fraud to you bank and Ebay fraud to ebay.
There are enforcement agencies that will not take reports from victims either because they do not acknowledge it is their remit or they don't have the training and resources. We find other agencies that simple provide wrong information to victims because they are not up to date on current legislation.
Unfortunately, I do not believe this government is willing to discuss online issues seriously so I have no confidence that some of these basic issues will be addressed - let alone the more difficult ones.
Don't forget E-Commerce Regulations
The airlines also have to comply with the E-Commerce Regulations/Directive. Which we've been able to use to resolve disputes.
Booking with your credit card gives you insurance in case an airline goes bust - it maybe worth the credit card charge for that insurance. Jennifer Perry, Managing Director - www.e-victims.org
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