U.S. Department of Justice Seeks Law Against Lying Online

Posted in: Government & Policy at 16/11/2011 19:34

Using a pseudonym on Facebook or fibbing about your age on a dating site could be illegal if the U.S. Department of Justice has its way.

The DOJ is going to Congress today to argue that Web sites' terms of service policies should be enforceable by law, according to CNet. For that purpose, the department seeks an expansion of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, a 25-year-old law that mainly deals with hacking, password trafficking, and threatening to damage a computer.
http://www.pcworld.com/article/243920/us_department_of_justice_seeks_law_against_lying_online.html

Also see:

DOJ: Lying on Match.com needs to be a crime
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.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-31921_3-57324779-281/doj-lying-on-match.com-needs-to-be-a-crime/
http://www.zdnet.com.au/dating-site-lies-should-be-illegal-doj-339326260.htm

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