Lying on Facebook Could Soon be a Crime

by Kathy Jones on  November 20, 2011 at 8:29 PM Lifestyle News
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Computer hacking laws that make it a crime to use a fake name on social networking site 'Facebook' or lie about your weight in an online dating profile are being defended by the US Department of Justice.
 Lying on Facebook Could Soon be a Crime
Lying on Facebook Could Soon be a Crime

These lies could be a federal crime under an obscure 1986 anti-hacking law that was passed well before the advent of social networking sites.

People are now pressing lawmakers to re-write the law, to prevent an administration push to toughen penalties from treating online mischief-makers the same as criminal hackers.

The debate centres on a law known as the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, which have been broadened several times since 1986.

Critics of the law point most frequently to a section that imposes penalties on anyone who knowingly 'exceeds authorized access' on a computer to obtain information.

"Authorized access," they warn, could refer to anything from a website's "Terms of Use" agreement to an employer's restrictions on computer use.

"Now it is possible for someone to be prosecuted for violating the user agreement in a social networking site," Fox News quoted Representative Bobby Scott as saying at a hearing Tuesday on Capitol Hill

Source: ANI

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