There’s no question that cyber-bullying has become a national dilemma. There are countless stories of teens mounting personal attacks and creating mob-like agendas against other children. Indeed, bullying is nothing new, but the added dimension of being able to broadcast attacks has far-reaching implications. Because of how pervasive cyber-attacks can be (i.e. forcing children to change schools and sometimes leading to suicide) there are many who believe that such bullying should be considered a crime.
Prosecution of computer crimes is on the rise, given how so many more computers are connected via the Internet. Moreover, federal laws on computer crimes dating back to the 1980’s may not be able to deal with the type of actions and access that people have to computers today. Because of this, what may seem to be relatively benign actions may actually end up being prosecuted as crimes.
The U.S. Supreme Court has turned away two cases involving the 1986 Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, which makes accessing computers without authorization into a federal crime. That leaves the existing 9th Circuit court rulings in place despite concerns that the definition of "without authorization" has been interpreted far too narrowly.
It is no secret that law enforcement agencies now rely on social media as means of gathering information to charge individuals with crimes. But where do authorities draw the line between zealous investigations and privacy violations? Chances are that what they believe to be a “legal” search may violate an individual’s Fourth Amendment rights when it comes to searching private social media accounts.
There is a lot of talk in the news media about identity theft. But until you have been the victim of identity theft or been accused of doing it, you may not realize exactly what the term means.
Police officers in Grand Rapids, indeed throughout Michigan, are aggressively pursuing arrests for alleged sex crimes involving children. This is especially true when it comes to the crime of solicitation of a minor.