Kamala Harris At A Podium

Cal AG Harris Launches California Cyber Crime Center

California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris announced the creation of the California Cyber Crime Center (C4), a new initiative within the California Department of Justice to fight crime in the digital era by bringing state-of-the-art digital forensic capabilities and cyber security expertise to law enforcement across the state. C4 brings together the eCrime unit, established…

Magifying Glass

6th Circuit Allows Wiretap Claim for Computer Spy App

The Sixth Circuit has allowed a Florida man ,who had his platonic communications with a married Ohio woman monitored by her husband using Awareness Technologies, Inc.’s (“ATI”) WebWatcher, to proceed with claims against both the husband and ATI under the federal Wiretap Act, the Ohio Wiretap Act, and Ohio common law. The Wiretap Act prohibits the…

Speier

Rep. Speier Introduces Intimate Privacy Protection Act

  California Congresswoman Jackie Speier, joined by Reps. Katherine Clark (MA-5), Ryan Costello (PA-6), Gregory Meeks (NY-5), and Thomas Rooney (FL-17),  has introduced Intimate Privacy Protection Act (IPPA) to create a national ban on revenge porn.  Although 34 states have passed laws to address nonconsensual pornography, their approaches vary widely.  Speier contends that a federal law…

Stalking Victim

IL Cyber Stalking Law Invalidated Under Elonis

IL Cyber Stalking Law Invalidated Under Elonis In the 2015 case Elonis v United States, the Supreme Court threw out a conviction for threats made over Facebook where there was no requirement that the defendant had intended to cause fear or emotional distress to the target. The Illinois Appellate Court relied on Elonis to overturn the conviction…

Tools to Fight Online Harassment

WMC Releases Guide for Image Take Downs

Without My Consent Release Guide for Intimate Image Take Downs Congratulations to Without My Consent on the release of its Something Can Be Done! Resource Guide for attacking revenge porn postings.  The site also provides resources on pursuing cyber exploitation claims in federal and selected state courts. The Cyber Civil Rights Initiative also provides resources that include:…

Australian State Supreme Court Grants Individuals the Power to Censor the Internet

Australian State Supreme Court Grants Individuals the Power to Censor the Internet Australian Dr. Janice Duffy, was unhappy with the services of psychics offered by the website Kasamba and expressed her dissatisfaction through posts under various alias on RipOffReport.com (“ROR”).  The psychics responded in kind, with ROR posts accusing Duffy of stalking and harassing psychics. Duffy…

Cal AG Harris Launches Cyber Exploitation Initiative

Cal AG Harris Launches Cyber Exploitation Initiative California Attorney General Kamala Harris and her task force of industry, academia and law enforcement has tried to set a new benchmark for the combating revenge porn.  First, let’s start with the name “Revenge Porn” which is demeaning and suggests that the victim did something to warrant revenge.…