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Study To Reveal Nature Of Cyberstalking In UK

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, 25 Sep 2010News

A new survey has been launched in the United Kingdom to unearth the true nature of cyber stalking in the country. 

The Network for Surviving Stalking has issued an "Electronic Communication Harassment Observation" or ECHO questionnaire in collaboration with the scientists at the University of Bedfordshire.

The survey has been commissioned to classify those who have been stalked on web and how according to a number of criteria. 

The questionnaire will ask respondents if they were harassed or threatened on a social networking site such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, email service or Instant Messaging.

"At the moment there are very few widely agreed guidelines or rules about how to behave online - we hope Echo will define behaviours that are generally experienced as anti-social or likely to cause distress in online communication." said Dr. Emma Short, head of the project ECHO.

The survey has been launched after Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) of the UK revealed a set of new guidelines for law enforcers tough on stalkers on web.

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