Practice of doxxing set to be outlawed but observers see challenges ahead

The practice of "doxxing" is now set to be outlawed with the amendments to the Protection from Harassment Act introduced on April 1 to plug an existing gap in the legislation that only forbids using abusive and insulting language and behaviour to har
The practice of "doxxing" is now set to be outlawed with the amendments to the Protection from Harassment Act introduced on April 1 to plug an existing gap in the legislation that only forbids using abusive and insulting language and behaviour to harass a victim.PHOTO: LIANHE WANBAO

Online vigilantes' practice of publishing personal info of individuals online set to be outlawed, but observers see challenges ahead

Many have been shamed publicly, some received death threats, others lost their jobs, and a number have even fled the country - all because they have been "doxxed".

Online vigilantes have "doxxed" these individuals by publishing their personal information online - in the pursuit of justice or malicious fun - after viewing them as perpetrators in incidents usually involving public spats, ungracious behaviour or offending online posts.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 07, 2019, with the headline 'The debate over doxxing'. Print Edition | Subscribe