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Jordan Files Online Predator Bill

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Jordan Files Online Predator Bill

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OKLAHOMA CITY - State Rep. John Paul Jordan has filed a bill aimed at protecting Oklahomans from "catfishing," an online scheme where a predator steals another person's persona and then tricks a victim into believing they are that person to steal personal data and information.

House Bill 3024, the Catfishing Liability Act of 2016, would allow people whose photos or videos are stolen to request an automatic injunction against the person using them. It would also allow victims to request monetary damages, including a $500 minimum award in punitive damages.

"This is providing a direct remedy for the victims of Internet catfishing," said Jordan, R-Yukon.

"If we wait for Congress to act on this issue, too much time will have passed for today's victims," said Jordan. "In addition, as someone who has practiced in federal court, it is easier and more effective to seek a remedy at the state courthouse than at the federal courthouse. …

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