Hawaii and Arizona joined the growing list of states passing legislation to address cyber harassment, after initially triggering widespread controversy. In Hawaii, there was a great backlash against a proposal that ISPs keep at least two years of browsing history for its customers which was abandoned while the state ultimately enacted measures enabling the state to subpoena records on the mainland and strengthening penalties computer fraud and cyber harassment.
In Arizona, the cyber harassment measure that initially would criminalize anything that might “annoy” or “offend” someone was narrowed to electronic speech that is intended to terrify, threaten, intimidate, or harass.
WHOA (HALTABUSE.ORG) released its annual compilation of complaint statistics finding a slight drop off from 2010’s elevated figures. The complaints indicate that it was mostly targeted at women and usually escalated online but only in s handful cases did it involve off-line threats of harm.
WHOA was formed by Jayne Hitchcock whose next book True Crime Online is due out this fall.