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Harmful Digital Communications Act: recent cases, changes and calls for review

May 13, 2022 at 4:29 PM

From the NZFVC 

Recent cases and media articles have drawn wider attention to increasing gender-based cyber violence. 

Cases and media highlight Harmful Digital Communications Act 

These cases have drawn attention to the Harmful Digital Communications Act (HDCA), with advocates and experts calling for a review of the Act and the HDCA Approved Agency, Netsafe. 

In one case, Christchurch MP Sara Templeton went to court under the HDCA to determine who was behind a sustained campaign of online harassment against her. Sara shared her story with media outlet Stuff, highlighting how she worked with Netsafe. Journalist Michelle Duff has also highlighted politicians experiences of gender-based online violence, abuse and threats.