Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) and Congresswoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC) today introduced a tough new bill that would strengthen federal anti-stalking laws to address the new technology predators are using to harass their victims. In addition to clarifying existing laws, H.R. 196, the Simplifying the Ambiguous Law, Keeping Everyone Reliably Safe (STALKERS) Act of 2011, would give law enforcement authorities the tools they need to prevent and prosecute stalking in the digital age. The House of Representatives passed this legislation in the 111th Congress.
â€œCyberstalking is a serious crime that deserves serious consequences,â€ said Sanchez. â€œWe need to increase the scope of existing laws to cover electronic surveillance and other new technologies as they develop. Itâ€™s time to bring our federal stalking laws into the 21st century.â€