Cyber law, also called “internet law,” pertains to law that controls the public use of the Internet. Cyber laws can be criminal as well as civil in nature. Cyber law is essentially any regulation that regulates how people use smartphones, computers, the Internet, and other related technologies.
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Areas of Cyber Law
Cyber law protects people from being victimized through unethical activities on the web. Cyber laws also regulate how people and companies use computers and the internet. These laws cover extensive areas and activities, and some of the significant areas of cyber law are:
Consumers depend on cyber laws to protect them from online crimes such as identity theft, credit card theft, and other types of financial fraud. Identity theft involves federal or state criminal charges. Offenders may also experience a civil action brought by a victim. Cyber law attorneys work to prosecute as well as defend against allegations of fraud using the internet.
The internet has made it easier to violate copyrights, especially during the early days of digital communication. People and organizations require lawyers to bring actions to enforce copyright regulations. Copyright infringement refers to an area of cyber law that protects the rights of persons and businesses to profit from their creative works.
Many people use the internet to speak their mind. When people use the internet to say things that are untrue, it can cross the line into defamation. Defamation laws are civil laws that protect individuals from untrue public statements that can hurt a business or someone’s personal reputation.
Defamation law is cyber law when people use the internet to make statements that violate civil laws.
Harassment and Stalking
At times, digital statements can be in violation of criminal laws that disallow harassment and stalking. When an individual issues repetitive or threatening statements regarding another person online, they may be in violation of civil as well as criminal regulations.
Cyber law attorneys are involved in both the prosecution as well as the defense of people involved in stalking via the internet or other types of digital communication.
Freedom of Speech
Freedom of speech is a crucial facet of cyber law. While cyber laws ban specific online behaviors, freedom of speech laws also provides individuals with the right to speak freely.
Cyber law attorneys must inform their clients on the limits of free speech including the prohibition of obscenity. Furthermore, cyber lawyers must defend their clients in case of dissension on what comprises free speech.
Companies operating online typically depend on cyber law to offer protection to their trade secrets. For instance, Google and other search engines invest significant time and money in developing features such as intelligent assistance, maps, and flight search services among others.
Cyber lawyers work with their clients to bring legal action as needed to protect their trade interests. Skilled attorneys at the SBEMP law firm serve clients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, Inland Empire, Orange County, San Diego, New Jersey, New York, and nearby locations for a range of legal practice areas.
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