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Terms of service violations not a crime, appeals court rules
The US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals made the determination in a criminal case filed against a former employee of an executive search firm who convinced some of his former colleagues to use their login credentials to download names and contact data from the company's confidential database. Federal prosecutors indicted him on charges involving trade-secret theft, mail fraud, and conspiracy, in addition to violations of the 1984 Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), which outlaws computer use that "exceeds authorized access."
Secure Florida note: This is the same law that Lori Drew was convicted of violating in 2008, when her masquerade as a 16-year-old boy on MySpace eventually lead to the bullying-induced suicide of Megan Meiers. Her conviction was later overturned by the judge on the case.
United States v. Lori Drew (Wikipedia)