Cyber Security

Law & Crime
4:27 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Cracking Down on Cyber Bullying

Bedford Co. Sheriff Mike Brown with Tammy Garcia

In the future, Virginia will pass laws to help prevent and punish cyber-bullying if the Bedford County Sheriff gets his way. 

Sheriff Mike Brown was shocked by cases of tragic suicides that have followed bullying on the Internet and social media, so he is raising public awareness in the meantime. 

Brown plans to distribute DVDs that educate people about cyber-bullying to every school in the Commonwealth.

The sheriff said cyber-bullying goes on 24 hours a day and usually begins at school.

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Cyber Security
6:31 am
Wed February 18, 2015

Cyber Attack Battle Plan

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The battle against cyber attacks is being joined in Virginia.  Political leaders are looking for new weapons to fight the wave of breaches and hack attacks that seem to be ramping up.

Until recently, having a so-called ‘fire wall’ on your computer or network was the way to keep your data safe; but, clearly, not any more.

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Child Pornography in the Digital Age
4:41 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Lawmakers Weigh Pentalties for Underage Sexting

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The State Crime Commission is wrestling with how to craft balanced legislation that addresses the growing problem of underage teens who take sexually explicit images of themselves and send them to others.

The members’ concern is heightened by some widely published cases—including a Louisa County “sexting” ring involving 100 teens and 1,000 images of minors posted on Instagram. 

But they’re also concerned that the penalties in existing laws designed for adult child predators may be too steep for teens.

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Crime in the Digital Age
4:13 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Public Safety Legislation

Over the last several weeks, Governor McAuliffe has had the daunting task of reviewing 834 bills that were passed and sent to him by the General Assembly.

One stack of legislation on his desk addresses public safety concerns, including creating a new crime for a vindictive act that’s peculiar to the digital age: “revenge porn.”

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Gathering & Storing Personal Data
4:21 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Personal Privacy Protection Caucus

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A bipartisan group of state senators and delegates has formed the General Assembly’s first-ever “Personal, Privacy Protection Caucus” of lawmakers. 

Their goal is to refine the law to prevent state and local governments from large-scale gathering and storage of personal data—especially if it takes place without individual warrants. 

The members say they're also trying to strike the right balance between public safety and Fourth Amendment protections.

The caucus plans to hold hearings and consult law enforcement this year to craft new legislation.

 

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