(California Penal Code 646.9)California’s criminal laws addressing online harassment state that it is illegal to use an electronic communication device to make repeated contact with another person with the intent to harass or annoy, or to make a single intentionally harassing contact if it includes any obscene or threatening language.
(California Penal Code 653m.) Additionally, it is illegal to make credible threats by means of any electronic communication device, including but not limited to telephones, cell phones, smart phones, tablets and computers.
Cyberstalking is difficult to combat because the stalker could be in another state or sitting three cubicles away from the victim.
In the anonymous world of the Internet, it is difficult to verify a stalker’s identity, collect the necessary evidence for an arrest and then trace the cyberstalker to a physical location.
If you are a victim of cyberstalking, try to gather as much physical evidence as possible and document each contact.
A profile on a social network might include information such as your email address, phone number, general (or even specific) address information, birthday, legal name, names of family members, and even minute-to-minute updates on your location.If you are a victim of stalking, consider suspending your social networking accounts until the stalking has been resolved.If you decide to continue to use social networking sites, here are a few tips to help keep you safe:4.The fact that cyberstalking doesn’t involve physical contact doesn’t mean it is any less dangerous than “real life” stalking.It’s not difficult for an experienced Internet user to find enough of the victim’s personal information, such as phone number or place of business, to establish his or her physical location.Many social media sites have created policies for reporting and removing this kind of material from their websites.