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Colo. legislation deals with cyber harassment

Published On: Jan 20 2014 01:49:02 PM CST

Colorado lawmakers are trying to crack down on various types of online harassment with proposals that would classify crimes of the Internet age.

One bill would define cyber bullying and make it a misdemeanor. Another proposal would require commercial websites that publish mug shots of people to remove the photos for free at the person's request if they were never convicted.
And another bill seeks to criminalize the trend of so-called revenge porn, where people publish explicit photos or videos of former romantic partners to humiliate them. But while other states have proposed revenge-porn laws that deal with all ages, a Colorado bill would focus only on minors.
The bills introduced this month underscore how legislators are grappling to define new crimes that may or may not be covered under current laws.


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