Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

House Sends 'Catfishing' Bill to Governor

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

House Sends 'Catfishing' Bill to Governor

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Legislation to give legal recourse to victims of "catfishing" was sent to the governor by a vote of the Oklahoma House of Representatives.

The legislation was approved by a vote of 74-3 on fourth reading.

Catfishing is an online scheme where a predator impersonates someone else to trick a victim into giving out personal data and information. The legislation would be the first of its kind in the nation, the author said.

House Bill 3024, by state Rep. John Paul Jordan, 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 those 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. …

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