Online Harassment – How to Protect Yourself Legally

Social media use is reaching prolific levels and with it cyberbullying, harassment and online trolling is becoming more commonplace. But if you are a target what can you legally do to protect yourself? While there are no specific cyberbullying offences, this kind of conduct is considered a crime under many criminal laws, some of which include jail time as punishment. The Commonwealth Criminal Code makes it an offence to use electronic communication to harass, menace or offend.

Defamation can also be a criminal action where the offensive conduct was published and intended to cause serious harm. This could land the offender up to three years in jail or a hefty fine.

Read the full Sydney Morning Herald article here.


CyberHound’s CleaView technology can help protect you . ClearView can help protect your business from threats including:

  • Data leakage
  • Staff productivity
  • Persona management – i.e. personal vs corporate use of social platforms
  • Cyber-bullying and harassment
  • Over-sharing of information and images
  • Long-term reputational damage

Without ClearView it is not possible for organizations to have confidence in their ability to manage these risks. Blocking social media is no longer a valid option as staff expect to have access to these tools for business and personal reasons.

Learn more about ClearView here.

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