This post has been driven by the fact that about 2 weeks ago, I had a policeman come around to my house “for a chat”. He then stated that I was harassing my daughter and her mother by sending emails to them.
I pointed out to him that I had not received a single request from either of them to desist from sending emails. He said “that was strange” but ignored that major point to go onto threaten me with serious action if I did not comply.
Under current harassment laws and, indeed, common sense, before a charge of harassment can be levied at anyone, certain events need to have taken place first
- Person A must tell person B that their communications, of any kind, are unwarranted and unwanted and must specifically tell person B to stop any communication to person A.
- If person A does not tell person B, then any allegations of harassment immediately fail, as person B is not a mind reader
- As was my recent case when, after 3 1/2 years of silence, 40254 DC Hollie Say of Surrey/Reigate police advised me, in writing by email, that I was not to send her any more emails or to contact her; I will comply, as I have never knowingly broken the law
- It is also common sense and accepted email practice that if person A receives unwanted unsolicited emails, they can themselves do one of a six things
- Person A can block the sender
- Person A can just ignore the email
- Person A can junk all of the sender’s emails
- Person A can spam all of the sender’s emails
- Person A can delete the email without reading it
- Person A can remove person B from their email contact list
We all receive many unwanted and unsolicited emails every day and every month. What common sense dictates is that these unwanted and unsolicited emails are deleted but the receiver of the same can go further insofar that they can go into their email settings and physically block any emails from the sender (person B) going into their inbox.
However, where the sender’s email details are included in the receiver’s contact list, it is explicitly and implicitly implied that the receiver actually wants to receive emails from the sender (person B), as the only way that the sender’s details can appear in the receiver’s (person A) contact list is by the actions of person A.
- Given the above, person A wants to receive emails from the sender (person B) and any allegation of harassment would fail