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Do Computer “Unlawful Access” Laws Exempt Improperly Accessing a Spouse’s Account?

Email - Improper Access

Do computer “unlawful access” laws exempt improperly accessing a spouse’s account? Short answer: No.  This case got considerable media attention and outrage when it was first reported.  A man accessed his wife’s email without her consent.  They were separated.  He was charged with violating the Michigan’s computer unlawful access law, MCL 752.795, which is similar […]

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Lori Drew and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

Lori Drew Megan Meier Case

The Lori Drew trial is set to begin this week, and it is a travesty that this trial is even taking place. The basic facts of this case are that Drew was the mother of a teenage daughter and she created a fake MySpace profile for a fictional teen boy to befriend a classmate of […]

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Is the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act Unconstitutionally Vague?

Computer Fraud and Abuse Act - Void for Vagueness

At the National Law Journal, attorney Nick Akerman (Dorsey & Whitney) contends that the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) indictment of Lori Drew (background about the case is here) is an appropriate interpretation of the statute: […]

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Megan Meier Case Update — Drew Indicted

CFAA

I’ve blogged about the Megan Meier case a while ago. This is the case where Megan Meier, a teenager, committed suicide after her online friend from Myspace suddenly started to reject her and say mean things to her. The “friend” on Myspace was actually Lori Drew, the mother of one of her classmates, and some […]

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