Revenge porn, cyber stalking to become illegal

Revenge pornography and cyber stalking are set to become illegal offences, after Cabinet approved the drafting of a Non-Fatal Offences (Amendment) Bill to address loopholes in current legislation.

It follows a report from the Law Reform Commission in September, which dealt with harmful communications and digital safety.

The commission determined there were potential gaps in criminal legislation with regard to “so-called revenge pornography and the publication of voyeuristic material without consent”.

The commission also made proposals on the regulation of social media.

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald will now draft a bill providing for new and extended criminal offences in this area.

The Bill is expected to include an extended offence of harassment, a specific offence of stalking, and a new offence covering revenge pornography.

The commission also recommended the existing offence of sending threatening or indecent messages should be extended to apply to all online communications.

In its report,

Read more at: https://www.rte.ie/news/2016/1231/841957-revenge-porn-cyberstalking-bill/