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Experts: Browser Add-On May Be Illegal

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

November 2, 2010

Computerworld reports that some legal experts believe using the browser add-on Firesheep to identify users on open networks visiting unsecured Web sites and access their accounts on popular social networks and other Web sites may be against the law. The tool itself is not illegal, but using it may be a violation of federal wiretapping laws and an invasion of privacy, the report states. "There are two schools of thought," said Jonathan Gordon of the law firm Aston & Bird. "The first is that there's no reasonable expectation of privacy in a public insecure WiFi connection," while the second suggests "that when people are accessing their social network, they have an expectation that whatever they're doing is governed by the privacy settings in that network."
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