Little White Lies on Facebook May Bring Federal Prosecution
November 25, 2011
The timing of the Department of Justice’s latest policy issuance is curious, coming as Attorney General Eric Holder remains under heavy criticism from Republicans in Congress over his department’s handling of the controversial “Fast and Furious” gun-running scandal. It’s odd that the department would look for yet another controversial issue to place on the table in the midst of this scandal.
It appears the time is ripe for cooler heads in the Congress to step in and bring some common sense to the administration’s interpretation of these federal laws. If the Department of Justice’s interpretation of the CFAA stands, users of such wildly popular sites as Twitter and Facebook may now want to have an attorney on hand to advise them on whether their messages might land them in the federal slammer.