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Harmful Digital Communications Act working to address cyberbullying

The Act is being used to protect individuals who have been caused harm by digital communications.  

The Act established an Approved Agency, NetSafe, and civil court remedies to assess, investigate and deal with complaints about harm caused to individuals by digital communications.

Since the Act came into force in 2015, 132 criminal charges have been filed and so far have resulted in 50 convictions and sentences. 

NetSafe receives and investigates complaints and works with parties to resolve these. Since it started as the Approved Agency in November 2016, NetSafe has received over 600 requests for assistance with harmful digital communications.

For more information about NetSafe, including how to contact them, visit their website (external link) .

Read more (external link) about the key parts of the Act.

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