The Online Safety Modernization Act Is a Much-Needed Response to a Growing Problem

Date: 
September 13, 2017

Legal Momentum was invited to contribute an op-ed to The Hill on the Internet safety Modernization Act.

In late June, Representative Katherine Clark (D-Mass.) introduced the Online Safety Modernization Act of 2017, with bipartisan support of co-sponsors Reps. Susan Brooks (R-Ind.) and Patrick Meehan (R-Pa.), which aims to curb the forms of online harassment which have become colloquially known as “sextortion,” “swatting,” and “doxxing.” It updates federal criminal statutes to clearly and unambiguously prohibit these forms of online harassment and provides civil remedies for victims of these offenses. Critically necessary, it provides for collecting data on the prevalence of these forms of harassment, dedicated federal law enforcement officers to investigate and prosecute these offenses, and $24 million for training law enforcement.

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