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Course Aims:

This podcast aims to give the listener an overview of the law in the area of internet harassment. It looks at how internet harassment can be defined and the key areas of legislation that can offer an individual protection such as the Malicious Communications Act and the Protection from Harassment Act. The podcast also discusses the concept of indirect harassment an the options available to parties where the perpetrator of the harassment cannot be found. before reviewing the range of provisions currently available.

After completing the course you will:
  • Understand which laws are applicable in cases of internet harassment;
  • Know the definition of internet harassment;
  • Recognise indirect internet harassment;
  • Be aware of the key legislation in this area;
  • Appreciate the methods available to identify the perpetrator of an anonymous posting.
Intermediate Difficulty: 3 of 5
Case Update
Legal Principles
Sources and References:
  • Communications Act;
  • Computer Misuse Act;
  • Data Protection Act 1998;
  • Defamation Act 1996;
  • Equality Act 2010;
  • European Convention on Human Rights;
  • Malicious Communications Act 1998;
  • Protection from Harassment Act 1997;
  • Public Order Act 1986;
  • Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000;
  • The Crime and Disorder Act 1998;
  • Wireless Telegraphy Act 2006;
  • Connolly v DPP [2007] 2 AER 1012;
  • DPP v Collins [2006] 1 WLR 2223;
  • DPP v Ramsdale [2001EWHC 106;
  • Howlett v Holding [2006] EWHC 3758;
  • R v Delamare [2003] EWCA Crim 424;
  • R v Stephen George Hall [2010] EWCA Crim 1919;
  • R v Victor Lindesay [2002] 1 Cr. App. R. (S).

In this CPDcast, Caroline Addy, a barrister at One Brick Court, gives an overview of the law regarding internet harassment.

Podcast last reviewed: 2011-08-30

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