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FacebooK: 'We didn't mean to track you' says as social network giant admits to 'bugs' in new privacy row

Android Saw Twice As Many Buyers As iPhone Over The Past 3 Months

Faster-than-light particle measured? Speed-of-light experiments give baffling result at Cern

U.S. companies playing by Chinese cyber-rules

Should Faking a Name on Facebook Be a Felony?

Congress contemplates draconian punishment for Internet lies


By ORIN S. KERR
Imagine that President Obama could order the arrest of anyone who broke a promise on the Internet. So you could be jailed for lying about your age or weight on an Internet dating site. Or you could be sent to federal prison if your boss told you to work but you used the company's computer to check sports scores online. Imagine that Eric Holder's Justice Department urged Congress to raise penalties for violations, making them felonies allowing three years in jail for each broken promise. Fanciful, right?
Think again. Congress is now poised to grant the Obama administration's wishes in the name of "cybersecurity."
The little-known law at issue is called the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. It was enacted in 1986 to punish computer hacking. But Congress has broadened the law every few years, and today it extends far beyond hacking. The law now criminalizes computer use that "exceeds authorize…

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