Court Says Logging Into Someone Else's Facebook Page And Posting A Message Can Be Identity Fraud

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Court Says Logging Into Someone Else's Facebook Page And Posting A Message Can Be Identity Fraud

Post by GD on Wed 03 Aug 2011, 9:52 pm

Eric Goldman and Venkat Balasubramani discuss a ruling in which a kid who,
via a text message from someone (it's never made clear), was given the password
to someone else's Facebook account. Having the password, the kid logged in and
posted some predictably juvenile posts on her wall, and changing her profile to
read:

Hey, Face Bookers, [sic] I'm [S.], a junior in high school . . .
I want to be a pediatrician but I'm not sure where I want to go to college. I
have high standards for myself and plan to meet them all. I love to suck dick.
The kid got charged with a felony [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] (under broad California state laws), and
the court actually did find that this amounted to identity fraud. I'm much more
inclined to agree with Eric, that while ridiculously childish and obnoxious, the
actions really should not amount to a felony. It's a kid doing stupid things
after being given someone else's password. That kind of thing likely happens all
the time. Sure, punish the kid a little, if you must, but the "crime" he's being
charged with seems way out of proportion with what he actually did. (from techdirt)


......THE BOSS......

"Always be yourself because the people who mind don't matter, and the people who matter don't mind"

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