Why Is Stalking Legal?

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      ZimInSeattle
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      Activists harass White House officials and senators as they eat dinner at restaurants. Another senator was recently stalked into the ladies’ room, where her pursuers shouted derision at her stall. Many other politicians have suffered protest demonstrations at their homes.

      Now that they’re beleaguered, this may be the perfect time to convince lawmakers to act to protect Americans’ most personal information: their home address and phone number.

      Type your name into a search engine. Odds are, a few of the results will include private companies that reveal your home address or part thereof, your phone number or part thereof, employment and education history, along with information about “known associates” like your friends and family members. For a fee, these personal search services offer to fill in the gaps with data culled from public records such as those of the Department of Motor Vehicles, marriage records, voter registration rolls and consumer credit reports.

      Easy access to mountains of personal data is such a gold mine for identity thieves, stalkers and other predators that women’s shelters spend much of their time helping their clients to navigate convoluted state-run programs which allow victims of abuse to replace their home addresses with P.O. boxes in public databases like those run by the DMV. Trying to disappear from the Internet is an uphill battle. Millions of Americans report having been stalked.

      More: https://www.counterpunch.org/2021/10/13/why-is-stalking-legal/

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      closeupready
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      are being “stalked”?

      Everyone deserves the right to eat dinner and go to the bathroom in peace, or relax at the end of the day without having to deal with a mob of angry demonstrators outside their house.

      Even a senator.

      He’s talking about Kristen Sinema here, of course.

      Someone please correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t Ted Rall a “vote for the blue no matter who” Democratic Party activist?? ATM, I’m not going to look for his background, socioeconomic status, etc. but I presume he’s white and rich, and he’s speaking in defense of limousine liberals in his socioeconomic class, lol.

      At any rate, he doesn’t get to frame public protest as “stalking”. No.

      Stalking is very specific, and does NOT refer to voters and citizens who protest against elected officials who are irresponsible and negligent. And corrupt.

      The opinions and personal views expressed herein are solely those of the author, and should never be taken seriously.

    • #449528
      NV Wino
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      They wouldn’t experience “stalking.” But, as @closeupready said, these are public figures being subjected to protests. This is not stalking. And if Krysten had actually stood there and answered questions instead of being a smart ass, maybe people wouldn’t have followed her into the bathroom.

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    • #449531
      djean111
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      fucking else having zero zip nada privacy.  How does that taste, y’all?

      America is not a country, it's just a business. (Brad Pitt, Killing Them Softly)

      Everything I post is just my opinion, and, honestly, I would love to be wrong.

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