Rauner Signs Bill Co-Sponsored by Representative Olsen that Strengthens Illinois Cyberstalking Laws

Governor Rauner has signed a bill co-sponsored by State Representative David S. Olsen (R-Downers Grove) that strengthens cyberstalking laws in Illinois.

Cyberstalking is the practice of using digital forms of communication to aggressively harass a person, often in a threatening manner. HB 3251 creates the offense of illegal electronic monitoring by stating that a person commits cyberstalking when he/she knowingly and surreptitiously installs without consent electronic monitoring software or spyware on an electronic communication device like a cell phone or tablet as a means of harassment. The bill was signed into law as Public Act 100-0166.

“Those who wish to cause physical and/or emotional harm to others are becoming more and more tech-savvy, so our laws need to reflect these new methods for harassment and intimidation,” said Olsen. “The provisions in this legislation will be especially helpful for victims of domestic violence who are trying to conceal their location from their abuser.”

Those found guilty of this new offense face a Class 4 Felony for a first offense and a Class 3 Felony for subsequent convictions.

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