Seanad debates

Friday, 18 December 2020

Harassment, Harmful Communications and Related Offences Bill 2017: Committee and Remaining Stages


10:00 am

Photo of Lynn RuaneLynn Ruane (Independent) | Oireachtas source

I move amendment No. 14:

In page 4, line 37, after “threatening” to insert “, private”.

Amendments Nos. 14 and 15 are attempts to legislate for a criminal offence for the practice known as doxing, where an abuser will publish private information such as home addresses or bank account details publicly on the Internet to terrorise their victims. The amendments have been tabled on the advice of the National Observatory on Violence Against Women and I would appreciate if the Minister of State could comment on this practice and whether it is covered adequately by the Bill.


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