CYBERPOL could be a first step in going after international cyber-stalkers.

A world Security Report just advised that CYBERPOL (The International Cyber Security Organization also known as (ICSO) is in the pilot or developmental stages of accessing the use and needs of an International Cyber-Crime Database. (ICCD). (Just for those of my readers that don’t know what CYBERPOL does, it is the International organization that specializes in identifying and research of internet web-crimes, as well as cyber threats and global trends in the cyber world. It was established in 2013.

Because CYBERPOL is now working in this direction, we would hope that member countries would push for prosecuting more cyber crimes such as cyber-stalking in the not too distant future. Once again, as it stands now, if you are being cyber-stalked from an individual in say Ireland and you live in the United States, nothing of a criminal nature can be done. We realize that it takes time for law enforcement to catch up with technology, but the quicker the better, and we see this particular effort as a great step in the right direction. We urge the international community to get with organizations like these and Interpol and hook-up as fast as they can.

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US celebrity gets first cyber-stalking conviction in another country, this should be commonplace.

American singer and actress, who is well- known for her performances both in the United States and abroad, (as is our policy, we do not give out persons who we have interacted with names or other personal information) was the prolonged (six year) victim of a cyber-stalker, who stalked her from his home country of Singapore.  Even though the celebrity was not a citizen of that country, nor did she have any family ties there; through perseverance and hard work she was able to get Singaporean officials to take an interest in her case. Once Singapore law enforcement took a strong look at all the factors concerning duress the stalker had placed on the celebrity, they arrested him. Upon conviction, the court sentenced her stalker to three years in prison.

To the best of our knowledge, this is the first international cyber-stalking conviction and sentencing. The celebrity is now attempting to get the Singapore court to make an exception and grant her a restraining order against her stalker. If this takes place, it will be another first.

When we consult on cases concerning both stalking and cyber-stalking against a citizen conducted by a perpetrator outside the US, we have not been able to recommend a remedy. We hope that through this particular celebrities’ dogged efforts the rest of the world will take notice and follow in her footsteps.

Japan is taking a second look at Stalking

In 2000, Japan instituted a new stalking law pertaining to intimate partner type relationships. When we reviewed the law and how it was prosecuted, it was our opinion it needed a great deal more teeth. One of the problems that we have found with any country or state that initiates new stalking legislation is that a great deal of training needs to take place both at the state and federal levels. In fact, in regard to stalking, training should be implemented in the schools and even be made available to the private sector business community as well. That is one of the reasons that we have included information in our latest book, Antidote For A Stalker (Amazon) that addresses information that would pertain to all of those areas. 

We are told that due to the increase in concern expressed by victim groups in Japan, the government may now be looking at ways to perhaps re-think its approach to stalking. Of course we are always a fan of these types of enlightenment’s transpiring not only in Japan, but throughout the world.