The United States vs. Malaysia
Assignment 5 - Group 3
A college student puts information on the Internet. This information alleges that a child in a family that he does not know is being mistreated. The information is specifically designed to cause a response in the form of phone calls to this girl’s mother. The phone calls do in fact come. Some of them are threatening. However, the end result is that the girl’s situation is improved so the author of this information is not repentant. Should he have been allowed to post this information and does it violate the privacy of the family in question?
Start by reading the scenario in full in the following links. Then read the United States and German responses to this dilemma.
Constitution of Malaysia
Proposed Data Protection Bill
Proposed Data Protection Bill Ref#2
Privacy Act of 1974
INTERCEPTION OF WIRE ELECTRONIC AND ORAL COMMUNICATIONS
Definition of Slander
Definition of Libel