The U.S. Department of Justice is defending computer hacking laws that make it a crime to use a fake name on Facebook or lie about your weight in an online dating profile at a site like Match.com.
In a statement obtained by CNET that's scheduled to be delivered tomorrow, the Justice Department argues that it must be able to prosecute violations of Web sites' often-ignored, always-unintelligible "terms of service" policies.
What makes this possible is a section of the CFAA that was never intended to be used that way: a general-purpose prohibition on any computer-based act that "exceeds authorized access." To the Justice Department, this means that a Web site's terms of service define what's "authorized" or not, and ignoring them can turn you into a felon.
On the other hand, because millions of Americans likely violate terms of service agreements every day, you'd have a lot of company.
How 'bout that? So if you wanna make yourself sound a little better to potential suitors by fibbing about your weight or height on Match.com or any of its competitors, you could be brought up on charges by the DOJ. On the other hand, if you blatantly and outright intimidate voters at a voting station during an election, you have nothing to worry about. Funnel firearms to Mexican drug lords? No problem. Look the other way while illegal immigrants game the system? Ain't a bother.
If there ever was a reason to ditch Obama next year, this is it.Posted by Hube at November 17, 2011 03:51 PM | TrackBack