What factors influence perceptions of online stalking and views on Stalking and Harassment Legislation?

I would like to invite you to take part in research on Cyberstalking and Stalking and Harassment Legislation, which is being undertaken as a part of Durham University BA Criminology dissertation module. Your anonymity will be assured. By continuing you agree to participate in below research. If you have any inquiries please send them to

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What is your age?Required to answer
What is your gender?Required to answer
What is your ethnicity?Required to answer
Following questions are concerned with whether you personally think that such behaviours are immoral and damaging therefore should be treated as illegal and NOT whether they are actually punished by the Criminal Justice System at the present moment. There are no right or wrongs answers as this research is interested in individuals’ morality.
Every day looking at photos publicly posted on social media, and subtly making sure that a person is aware of it (e.g. methodically “liking” one photo a day).Required to answer
Continuously sending unwanted friendship requests on social media sites and evading websites measures of protection by creating multiple accounts.Required to answer
Regularly and unwantedly posting messages, without any harmful content, on individuals cyberspace (e.g. facebook wall).Required to answer
Sending threatening messages via e-mail or social media platform.Required to answer
Logging into someone else’s social media account just to observe their private conversations but not doing anything with that information (harassing, blackmailing), just watching.Required to answer
Creating a website to spread rumours about a person which may or may not be true.Required to answer
Posting photos or videos of another individual that he/she may not want other people to see (content is not sexual).Required to answer
Using your own account to closely monitor how many times and when an individual logs into his or hers social media account and recording which posts that person “likes”.Required to answer
Tracing someone’s IP address in order to determine their location.Required to answer
Installing keystroke logging software on someone else’s personal computer and recording the keys struck on a keyboard without them being aware of it.Required to answer
Social media company refuses to provide police with data on perpetrators of cyberstalking without receiving a court order first, potentially hindering the police work.Required to answer
Website collecting browsing habits of their users without telling them.Required to answer
Search engine determines the location of its users without asking for their permission.Required to answer
E-mail or social media providers scanning people’s conversations by using a software in order to find certain keywords that might indicate possible criminal activity, without their knowledge.Required to answer
Website records and storing every single possible bit of information regarding their online customers (location, browsing history, name, home address, phone number, credit card details etc.), but does it overtly by introducing them to their privacy policy and claiming it will be safeguarded.Required to answer
Current maximum sentence for stalking in UK is 5 years of imprisonment. Do you believe it is fair?Required to answer
A restraining order can be a significant part in managing the risks to a victim. UK legislation suggests following conditions: not to display any material [photos/videos/posts] relating to the victim on social networking sites including Facebook, Twitter, Youtube. Do you think it is fair or is it going too far and infringes on individuals liberties?Required to answer
Legislation states that if you have a strong reason to believe that someone is involved in criminal activity, you are allowed to engage in otherwise illegal data collection. Do you think it is a useful law?Required to answer