27 Jul 2015
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Government looks for support agency following Harmful Communications passing

By Shannon Williams

Following the passing of the controversial Harmful Digital Communications Act last month, Justice Minister Amy Adams has announced the government has began its search for the Approved Agency that will be tasked with helping victims in the face of cyberbullying. 

Adams says the agency will be required to work with victims and the offending party to resolve complaints about cyberbullying in a quick and efficient way. She says the Approved Agency is a core part of the Harmful Digital Communications Act.

“The agency will help victims of harassment or cyberbullying to resolve complaints as quickly and painlessly as possible," Adams explains. "It will work with parties to help get objectionable content off the internet and provide advice on other possible remedies.” 

Adams says the Approved Agency will have a role reducing harassment or bullying by advising on policies and educating people in appropriate online behaviour.

“The establishment of an agency to consider complaints about harmful digital communications will set a new benchmark for curbing online harassment and intimidation that cause serious emotional distress,” she says.

Adams says people or organisations interested in becoming the Approved Agency as part of the Harmful Digital Communicaions Act should register their interest online

Adams explains the information received during the ROI process would guide the next steps in selecting the Approved Agency.

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