Harmful Digital Communications Act 2015 (HDCA)


The Harmful Digital Communications Act 2015 (HDCA) sets out 10 principles for digital communications that are aimed at preventing harm:

  1. A digital communication should not disclose sensitive personal facts about an individual.
  2. A digital communication should not be threatening, intimidating or menacing.
  3. A digital communication should not be grossly offensive to a reasonable person in the position of the affected individual.
  4. A digital communication should not be indecent or obscene.
  5. A digital communication should not be used to harass an individual.
  6. A digital communication should not make a false allegation.
  7. A digital communication should not contain a matter that is published in breach of confidence.
  8. A digital communication should not incite or encourage anyone to send a message to an individual for the purpose of causing harm to individual.
  9. A digital communication should not incite or encourage an individual to commit suicide.
  10. A digital communication should not denigrate an individual by reason of his or her colour, race, ethnic or national origins, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.

A lot of this is common sense for most people. The act gives the legal[1] framework to be able to enforce these rules and protect people.

Terms definitions
1. legal. Requirements that have been established by law. The necessity for legal compliance can influence the nature of the practice and the development of the brief. Legal responsibilities are set out in: * Acts (e.g., Fair Trading Act 1986, Consumer Guarantees Act 1993, Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992, Privacy Act 1993, Employment Relations Act […]
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