Stalk Yourself: A Guide to Information Collection, Privacy and Defending Yourself
Take every threat, every message, every unwanted gift seriously. You will be surprised how it adds up, taxing you both physically and emotionally. It is understandable to feel like this is a secret you need to keep on your own. Women are pressured to seem pleasing and appeasing to everyone.
What is stalking?
Everyone is taught to shy away from asking for help, and our culture often misplaces blame on the victims of stalking, sexual violence, and domestic violence. Stalking is illegal. You deserve peace and safety. Break the silence, and you may find that more people will relate to you than judge you. Tell your friends what is happening. Tell your family. Furthermore, tell your neighbors, so that they can alert you or the authorities if they see anything suspicious going on around your home while you are away or even when you are in.
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Talk to law enforcement. Keep calling them anytime something happens. This builds a record with them, so that your experience is officially written down with a law enforcement agency. And, in the worst case scenario, if the stalker ever does hurt you or your family, they will already know exactly who they are. Literally millions are stalked every year, yet there is still so much stigma, silence, and shame around this subject.
Together, we can all break the silence on this unacceptable, illegal, and far-too-widespread behavior. You are not alone. This is not your fault.
Put your safety and space first. Collect evidence; it adds up.
A Safety Guide for Victims of Stalking
Right from the stalker's own profile page, you can block them from being able to see you and report the Facebook stalker at the same time. Look in the area where their cover image is, and find the small menu with three horizontal dots. Don't let anyone except those on your friend list be able to see you in Facebook search, or any other search for that matter. Learn more about our piece on blocking strangers on Facebook. That stalker won't be able to see you or send you messages anymore. Learn more in our guide to hiding your profile from strangers.
While it's become increasingly harder to truly stalk someone on Facebook because of the multitude of same names across many locations around the world, and the hundreds if not thousands of images some users collect, it does still happen. If they are the subject of a domestic violence order this behaviour may be in breach of the order which is an offence.
Don't Let a Facebook Stalker Ruin Your Experience
Privacy at home. You can refuse a person entry to your home or land that you own. If someone illegally enters your property or refuses to leave when you ask them to, they may be trespassing - get legal advice. However, you may be able to use it as evidence in court proceedings. Police interviews must be recorded electronically or in writing. In some situations when investigating an offence the police may sometimes secretly record conversations. There are laws about what police are allowed to do when investigating an offence. If the police obtain evidence outside of what they are allowed to do by law, then it can be challenged in court.
Both state and federal government organisations have strict obligations about how they collect, store, use, disclose, update and amend your personal information. Generally, government organisations must keep your personal information confidential, but they may be allowed or required to disclose it in some circumstances. If you think a government organisation has mishandled your personal information or has breached your privacy, you should make a complaint directly to them to try and resolve the dispute.
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Information Privacy Act Making a complaint about a government organisation. There are laws in Australia about how your personal information is collected, stored, used, disclosed, updated and amended by certain private sector agencies and organisations. In general these private organisations are required to keep your personal information confidential, but they may be allowed or required to disclose it in some circumstances.
Private organisations that must follow these privacy guidelines include:. Not all private organisations are covered by these laws. There are many exceptions and even if an organisation is covered by these laws, some practices of the organisation may be exempt. If you think a private organisation has mishandled your personal information or breached your privacy, you can make a complaint to the OAIC.
A data breach is when personal information held by an agency or organisation covered by the Commonwealth Privacy Act is lost, stolen or misused. There are strict rules about how consumer credit reporting agencies and credit providers must manage your consumer credit information.
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If you think an agency or provider has mishandled your personal information or breached your privacy, you should make a complaint directly to them to try and resolve the dispute. You can also make a complaint to the OAIC.