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Checking Facebook at Work Could Become Illegal

December 12, 2012
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Logging into Facebook, perusing eBay and surfing to other decidedly non-work related sites may not just upset your boss; it could also be a federal offense. That's according to two Boston College professors who recently authored a paper on how a broad interpretation of the 1986 Computer Fraud and Abuse Act could criminalize the routine behavior of every employee who uses a workplace computer in their job. As the First, Fifth, Seventh and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeal interpret it, a breach of a company's computer policy ... also constitutes a violation of the CFAA...

 

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