New Illinois Legal Tools Against Cyberstalkers
by Susan Basko, esq.
Starting in 2019, Illinois ramped up the protections against cyberstalkers by making it illegal to send unwanted social media messages. This is part of the civil restraining order law. The order puts the stalker on notice -- and then any unwanted social media messages are a violation that can get the person arrested and charged.
The law also adds as prohibited places of contact workplaces, schools, and places of worship -- and authorized those in charge of those places to file restraining orders.