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

Daniel Solove
Founder of TeachPrivacy

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 to the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA).  Now a court of appeals has rejected the spouse’s argument.  From the Detroit Free Press:

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The Lori Drew Case: Sarah Drew’s Testimony

Daniel Solove
Founder of TeachPrivacy

Lori Drew Megan Meier Case

Over at Wired’s Threat Level blog, Kim Zetter’s excellent coverage of the Lori Drew trial continues. In this post, she discusses the testimony of Lori Drew’s daughter Sarah:

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The Lori Drew Case: Does the CFAA Require Knowledge?

Daniel Solove
Founder of TeachPrivacy

Lori Drew Megan Meier Case

Over at Wired’s Threat Level Blog, Kim Zetter is providing great coverage of the Lori Drew case.

Here’s her post about Tina Meier’s testimony (the mother of Megan Meier).

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Lori Drew and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

Daniel Solove
Founder of TeachPrivacy

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 her daughter’s. It remains unclear what the motivation was for creating this fake profile, but from what I’ve read, it was to learn about rumors about her daughter. This classmate, Megan Meier, befriended the fake MySpace persona. At some point, the fake persona broke up with Meier, saying he no longer wanted to be friends, and Meier committed suicide.

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Is the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act Unconstitutionally Vague?

Daniel Solove
Founder of TeachPrivacy

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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More Misguided Responses to the Megan Meier Incident

Daniel Solove
Founder of TeachPrivacy

Megan Meier Lori Drew Case

Last week brought the unfortunate news that Lori Drew was indicted for a violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act for her ill-conceived hoax on Megan Meier. According to an MSNBC article:

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Megan Meier Case Update — Drew Indicted

Daniel Solove
Founder of TeachPrivacy

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 other individuals. They created the fake profile and were pretending to be Meier’s fictional friend.

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