Cracking down on online impersonations
Tue, 18 Jan 2011 15:45:31 GMT —
Would you want someone to impersonate you online? It happens every day. Someone steals your picture offline, creates a new facebook or email, and you no longer have control of your information.
Lawmakers in California have created a new law that criminalizes online impersonaltions. Such an act in California could cost you $1,000 or up to a year in jail.
So if someone says they are you in an email, on a social networking site, or even says they are you on a blog, it falls under the law.
But don't think it's a clear cut case. There has to be intent to harm, intimidate, threaten, or defraud another person. Plus there are free speech issues the law has to deal with.
We spoke with Mayor John Spring about the issue. "I don't have facebook," Spring said. He went on to say, "I wouldn't care for someone impersonating me."
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