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Austria: Criminalising cyberharassment

Austria criminalises in §107c of the Penal Code the “Persistent harassment involving telecommunication or computer systems”:

“(1) Any person who, using a telecommunication or computer system in a manner that can cause unreasonable interference with the lifestyle of the other person, continuously over a longer period of time 1. defames another in a way that can be perceived by a larger number of people, or 2. makes facts or visual material of the personal sphere of another available to a larger number of people without the consent of the other person is liable to imprisonment for up to one year or a fine not exceeding 720 penalty units.

(2) The person is liable to imprisonment for up to three years if the offence results in the suicide or a suicide attempt by the victim under para. 1.”