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The Fundamentals of Cyber Law

Setting up the rules, regulations, and specific details of cyber law is something that is fairly new and changing every day.  The laws have had a hard time keeping up with all the various technologies and formats available for people.  Even with the constant changes there are very specific rights that people and businesses still have.  The cyber laws are designed to make sure that everybody is protected and that the Internet is not used as a tool to harm or hurt people or industry.  Here are some of the basic fundamentals that these laws provide people and businesses:

  • The right to not be harassed.  Laws are in place, being redefined, and designed to protect people from being unnecessarily harassed.  Cyber bullying is the term that has been tied to this.  Many younger people tend to fall victim to this type of harassment.  It just takes one moment of being off guard or trusting somebody to take a photo that you don’t want public to make you susceptible.
  • Protection of private information.  Your information should be able to remain secure within a system without fear of it being stolen and used for malicious purposes.  Those who intentionally take information that will cause you financial ruin and them a monetary or similar return will be found and stopped.  The culprit in the activity will most likely face significant legal ramifications.
  • Monitoring of child protective measures.  Child pornography and other vulgar crimes against children often appear on the Internet.  The cyber laws in place are designed to get perpetrators before they do harm to a child and to get those who need to be stopped.  Protecting children is one of the easiest issues that everybody agrees on and wants to have happen. 
  • Look for activity that causes a security threat.  The Internet has become a gigantic platform for people who want to express a radical statement about themselves.  The Internet is monitored for people, activities, and situations that would cause a security threat.  There are certain words that crime prevention agencies look for and will investigate if they reappear repeatedly.  There is a cyber trail with the Internet.  Although much content is public domain it can easily be tracked back to the originators.  It is often those originators of content that may be of interest in those whose job is to keep security threats to a minimum.
  • Safeguarding against scams.  There are endless amounts of advice, tips, and information available for people to review so they do not fall victim to a scam through the Internet.  With the Internet it has become very simple for scam artists to create false opportunities that are designed for them to just take your money and run.  A scammer can get a financial return very quickly and then just disappear.  It is often difficult to track these people down.
  • Discussion of cyber laws are designed to bring awareness.  The goal of everybody that works with this is to educate the public and make sure they do as much as they can to protect themselves.  Whether you are a large business or an individual you can gain the knowledge to help protect yourself through education and knowledge.

As cyber laws keep being created and redefined we all become more protected against those who wish to commit a crime through the Internet.  As authorities diligently work on protecting us we need to make sure that we are absorbing knowledge and following the advice that is designed to protect us.  The Internet should only open up a world of opportunity for growth.  It shouldn’t be a tool that criminals can use to ruin lives or businesses.

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