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Court Uses Computer Privacy Law to Crack the Whip on Use of Work Computer to Solicit Dominatrix-Prostitute

The Ohio Court of Appeals, in State v. Wolf, No. 08-16, slip op. (Ohio Ct. App. 5d April 28, 2009), recently upheld application of Ohio’s computer crime law to an employee who used his work computer to engage in criminal conduct (solicitation of a dominatrix-prostitute). While this holding may seem uncontroversial, another aspect of the decision … Continue Reading

“Cyber-Bullies” Potentially Face Hard Time

State governments and federal prosecutors are cracking down on individuals who use the internet to harass or threaten others.  On June 30, Missouri Governor Matt Blount signed into law a measure that criminalizes online harassment.  This new law represents a marked change in the legal treatment of this form of harassment, also known as “cyber-bullying.”  … Continue Reading

Expectation of Privacy in Student Computer Persists in the Absence of Announced Monitoring Policy

Last week, a panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that in the absence of an announced monitoring policy, the mere act of connecting a computer to a network does not extinguish a user’s reasonable expectation of privacy, under the Fourth Amendment, in the contents of his or her computer. The panel announced its … Continue Reading
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