NY introduces new Cyber-Stalking Laws. Do we need tougher laws to deal with this?
Under Klein's bill, the crime of stalking in the third degree would be updated to explicitly include harassing a child using electronic communication.
To better reflect the nature of online interactions, the bill removes requirements that the offender initiate the contact and that the victim be a direct recipient of the communication.
Although it is already a crime to "intentionally cause or aid" another person's suicide, the bill would update the state's second-degree manslaughter statute to explicitly include cyber-bullying as a possible cause of such a suicide.
Senator Diane Savino, a Democrat from Staten Island and Brooklyn and a co-sponsor of the bill, said that although bullying has existed "since Cain and Abel," it has been transformed by the Internet and smartphone technology.
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