Shopping, Playing Games, Watching Sports’ Are Potentially Criminal
In the wake of Internet activist Aaron Swartz’s death, many are calling for changes to the law under which he was charged, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Critics say prosecutors have widely invoked the 1980s-era statute to bring harsh criminal penalties for relatively minor offenses. A federal court in April said the law is so broadly written that it potentially criminalizes “playing games, shopping or watching sports highlight.
Your Government May Have To Agree To A Lot Of Restrictions
The Trans Pacific-Partnership is a controversial proposed free trade agreement that remains shrouded in secrecy. The Electronic Frontier Foundation has said it “threatens to extend restrictive intellectual property laws across the globe and rewrite international rules on its enforcement.” Some Internet activists have called it “SOPA on steroids.”
IN THIS PHOTO: John Perry Barlow, center, co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, addresses a protest in front of the building housing the New York offices of U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer and Kristen Gilliband on January 18
Your Email Is Really Not Private At All
This 1986 law, known as Electronic Communications Privacy Act, governs email access and is widely considered outdated. Under the law, authorities don’t need to obtain a search warrant from a judge if they want to read emails that have already been opened or are more than six months old.
Watching Movies Could Cost You ALOT
Cable companies have been testing a new business model that charges customers based on how much data they use, and penalizes them for exceeding those limits. Critics say so-called “usage-based pricing” restricts consumers who want to stream movies and TV shows online, as well as take advantage of video heavy services like online learning and medicine.
Sharing May Land You In A Very Bad Place
SOPA and PIPA — the controversial antipiracy bills — may be dead, but the entertainment industry has teamed up with Internet service providers to punish subscribers who illegally share movies or songs by temporarily throttling their broadband speeds or suspending their service. Internet providers have not introduced the new policies yet, but critics refer to it as “six strikes” because the punishments are expected to take effect after the sixth alleged offense.