Cyber Bullying / Online Abuse expertise
Is it a reality of the modern world that for every benefit a new technology provides, someone will find a way to cause harm. This is certainly shown through the use of the internet. A technology that allows instantons access to vast amounts of information, and to communicate so efficiently, should be the basis for a better society. However, it also allows for the spread of misinformation and harmful communication, spread out to a larger audience at an incredible speed. It also allows anonymity like never before.
It isn’t usually as simple as just ignoring it and hoping it will go away. The internet allows harmful messages to spread quickly, meaning that while the victim may not see it, hundreds or thousands, if not more, of others will.
To combat this, the government introduced the Harmful Digital Communications Act 2015. It provides a basis of protection, though not one that is easily obtained. In the wrong hands, it can also be used to suppress discussion and dissenting opinions. However, the law was not made user friendly, leaving those who can rely on the law often restricted from not having the legal knowledge to do so.
Stace Hammond have been involved in actions under the Act longer than any other firm, having acted on the first civil litigation under the Act. We’ve also acted in several high profile matters, sometimes to protect someone from harm, at other times to allow a client a right to freedom of expression. Partner Arran Hunt is a recognised expert on this area of law, has been mentioned in Parliament as an expert, has presented to the Justice Select Committee, and is frequently asked to comment in the media. He has acted on matters for a variety of clients, of all age groups and backgrounds. Cyber bullying is certainly not limited to just a small group, but can impact anyone.
If you, or someone in your family, is being harmed through harmful digital communications, or the threat of such communications, then please get in contact with one of our team.