John Dvorak has an interesting take on the Michigan case where a husband may be charged with a felony for accessing and reading his wife’s email account:
The Michigan law about computer misuse is suppose to protect your online and computer privacy, but has anyone even thought how cookies invade your privacy?
Michigan has a law that precludes anyone from “misusing” a computer. The law is now being applied to a 33-year-old husband who logged onto his wife’s email account to find out what she was up to. After the wife complained that he violated her right to privacy, he’s was charged by the police.
There are a number of computer laws on the books that don’t allow people to hack onto your computer and use it for anything whatsoever without your permission. So exactly how did the establishment of cookies—those pesky little files that track you like a dog—find a safe haven with laws like this all over the place?
While I question the way the Michigan computer misuse law is being applied, it may turn out to be a good thing if people take a closer look at these laws and finally realize that their computers are being used by other people without the owners (that means you) consent. It’s time that ended.
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