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Using fake names on Facebook, Surveillance State, androids

File this one in the ever-burgeoning category of: how insane can legislators get? Congress is now debating an update to the 1986 Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Turns out it’s already a misdemeanor to “exceed authorized use” of a computer, but the DOJ wants to make it a felony. Of course, what does “exceeds authorized use” mean? Well, it means, for instance, an employee sending emails to pals while he’s at the office—because his employer has a rule against that. In other words, the feds want to back up employers’ rules and turn them into felonies. Splendid.

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