Monday, May 4, 2009

Fired for private My Space discussion

According to this story on CNN, two restaurant employees were fired after managers "got a hold of" the password to a private discussion group and didn't like what they saw. The employees are now suing, although lawyers say they don't know how the law applies here.

Well, civil crime or not, this clearly falls under the cyber crimes laws.

"Unauthorized access" entails approaching, trespassing within,
communicating with, storing data in, retrieving data from, or otherwise
intercepting and changing computer resources without consent. These laws relate
to either or both, or any other actions that interfere with computers, systems,
programs or networks.

Regardless of the fact that they possessed the password, the managers were not authorized users of the group, and thus have committed a crime.

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