Rights group takes on online bullying

Source: The Malaysian Insight

The anonymity of the internet makes it a perfect place for cyber bullies to inflict harm, abuse or threats on others, besides invading users’ privacy. – EPA pic, October 7, 2017.

A HUMAN rights group looking to expand laws to protect online users from cyber-harassment will complete a public feedback initiative today and prepare a consultation document it hopes will form the basis for stronger laws to tackle the problem.

The Malaysian Centre for Constitutionalism and Human Rights (MCCHR) will compile the views under its PeopleACT initiative and hand it over to internet regulator the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), various ministries and other organisations.

MCCHR project manager Lim Ka Ea said information communication technology was increasingly used as a tool to inflict harm, abuse or threats on others, besides invading users’ privacy.

Threats of rape, death and exposure of private data, information and photographs are emotionally stressful and the damage they inflict on their victims can sometimes extend to physical trauma, she said.

“In most of these cases, perpetrators of cyber-harassment are rarely held accountable for their behaviour  and the possibility of being anonymous in cyber-space exacerbates this problem,” Lim said. Read more