Technology makes harassing victims easier: Legal paper

Technology makes harassing victims easier: Legal paper

SINGAPORE - Modern technology has made harassing innocent victims easier, a legal paper has warned.

It says the proliferation of e-mail and messaging applications makes it simple to set up multiple anonymous accounts.

Yet taking action against the perpetrators might not be so straightforward.

Last month, the High Court dismissed a lawsuit against a customer who allegedly sent abusive messages to an insurance firm.

The paper says this judgment could make it harder to take people to court for harassment - a potential problem in an age of smartphones, Skype and instant messaging.

"One can only predict the proliferation of more apps developed on the universal HTML5 platform," it warns.

Unlike SMSes, they are free to use and "may allow for potential wrongdoers to set up multiple anonymous accounts".

The commentary - titled The End Of The Tort Of Harassment In Singapore? - by former Supreme Court justices' law clerks Joshua Lim and Seow Tzi Yang was published on Tuesday in the Singapore Law Watch.

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