Next we will be required to give our real names on all web sites, which is nothing more than an invasion of privacy.
By Nina Golgowski
Single men and women may soon be able to release a sigh of relief before web browsing their next eligible date.
The U.S. Department of Justice proposed violations of a websites' terms and conditions as a prosecutable crime Tuesday.
While focused on crimes infringing national security, indirect beneficiaries to the proposal would be users of social media sites like Match.com, which advertises itself as a means of connecting single adult users through other users' profiles.
Often times, users' profiles are fabricated, however, casually disobeying the sites' stated rules of honesty by its users.
The amendments proposed to the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act by Deputy Section Chief Richard Downing, would mandate users to abide by all website conditions, such as Match.com's which restricts its users to: being at least 18 years of age, single or separated from their spouse and having never been convicted of a felony nor a registered sex offender.
In a statement delivered by Mr Downing to the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security, he expressed his concern of difficulty or impossibility in deterring and addressing 'serious insider threats through prosecution' without amending the act.
While married men and women browsing dating sites with fabricated profile information wasn't named specifically by Mr Downing as a rational to his arguments Wednesday, single, honest users would still benefit from his proposals, which was generally pitched to decrease abuse by employees and contractors to employer's secure online information.
'Through this ongoing work, it has become clear that our Nation cannot improve its ability to defend against cyber threats unless certain laws that govern cybersecurity activities are updated, including the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act,' Mr Downing said in his statement.
The CFA Act had been previously used by the department in prosecuting a woman in 2008 who created a MySpace account pretending to be a teenage boy.
- Creating the profile wasn't the problem, it was the harassment and defamation, which are already crimes.
She was accused of using this account to fool and harass a 13-year-old girl to the point that she committed suicide.
The woman, Lori Drew, violating the site's terms of service which prohibits impersonation by its users, was found in violation of the act.
- This is just absurd, IMO. So are we going to start prosecuting children and throwing them in prison for lying when they lie to get into a bar or purchase cigarettes? Just someone posting something on their web site, doesn't make it a law or "act!"
Her case was thrown out, however, after the judge said that Drew's violation of a social network's terms of service would carry over to anyone else who has ever violated them, proving too broad of a decision.
The amendments to the act would find future violators guilty.