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What is Stalking

Encyclopedia of Criminal Activities and the Deep Web
A person’s location may be tracked without their knowledge or permission through the use of technology, by someone who is interested in their whereabouts or someone who holds a grudge; therefore, it is an invasion of personal privacy, ethically unacceptable, and potentially a safety threat.
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The Dark Side of Engaging With Social Networking Sites (SNS)
Eileen O'Donnell (Technological University Dublin, Ireland) and Liam O'Donnell (Technological University Dublin, Ireland)
Copyright: © 2020 |Pages: 13
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-9715-5.ch042
Although social networking sites (SNS) may have some positive aspects, for example, connecting family members and friends who no longer live close enough to each other to meet in person, or for connecting people with similar health conditions who may need the support of others who understand and can manage the condition, or for groups of people with similar interests to engage and plan events and activities, there are also some possible negative aspects of engaging with SNS, for example, addiction or addictive behaviour, child pornography, cyberbullying, fake news, fear of missing out (FOMO), social comparisons, stalking, amongst many others, which can all lead to neglect of other duties, sleep deprivation, loneliness, isolation, depression, and so forth. The possible negative effects of engaging with SNS on the surface web will perhaps be also relevant to users of the deep and dark web. This article explores the dark side of social networking sites.
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The Rise of Cyberstalking
Stalking occurs when an individual becomes obsessively fixated on another and when that pursuit manifests through repeated attempts to contact that person or intrude upon their life which causes the recipient to experience distress or fear.
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An Exploration of Intrusive Mobile Phone Behavior
Stalking is recognized as a course of conduct by which one person repeatedly inflicts on another unwanted intrusions to such an extent that the recipient fears for his or her safety.
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To pursue persistently and sometimes attack a person with whom one is obsessed.
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Workplace Cyberbullying and Its Impact on Productivity
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The Human Rights-Based Approach to Combat Cyberbullying Against Women and Girls
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Ethical Issues With the Use of Social Media in the Connected Business World
The unwanted and often repeated surveillance of someone by another person or group. This is often a common phenomenon on social media where people scroll through a person’s profile/activity log to get more information.
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Online Social Networks Misuse, Cyber Crimes, and Counter Mechanisms
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Discrimination: Forms, Consequences, and Anti-Discrimination Strategies
Form of harassment that includes intrusive acts such as regular following the target, persistent watching, repeated unsolicited contact or gifts, etc.
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