Monday, September 26, 2011

Fibbing on Facebook Equals a Felony?

Picture a world where you could be incarcerated for creating a fake profile on Facebook or lying about your age or weight on your profile. How about being thrown in prison for slacking off during work and surfing the internet on the company computer? These notions sound pretty farfetched but they may become a reality sooner than you think. Congress has taken the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and run wild with it in an attempt to criminalize computer use that exceeds the authorized access given by the computer administrator aka your boss. What was once a law aimed at curtailing computer hacking has known potentially evolved into a vehicle for punishing lazy employees.  Right now a violation of Computer Fraud and Abuse is a misdemeanor crime. The Senate Judiciary Committee met last week to vote on whether a violation will become a felony. See this article from the Wall Street Journal for more details on the proposed changes to the Act.