Earlier today in New Zealand the Harmful Digital Communications Bill passed into law after its third reading despite a last minute rallying of oposition to the proposed legislation.
The New Zealand Herald ran the following account;
Controversial cyberbullying law passes
• New cyberbullying law will create a criminal offence of intentionally causing harm by posting a digital communication, punishable by up to two years’ imprisonment or a maximum fine of $50,000.
• Complaints can be made to an approved agency, which will attempt to resolve the issue and may contact companies like Google to get material taken down.
A wide-reaching law that will criminalise online communications deemed deliberately harmful has passed into law – despite unexpected and last minute opposition.
The Harmful Digital Communications Bill has passed its third reading, 116 votes in favour to 5…
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