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Court: Impersonation on Social Networking = Identity Theft

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

August 3, 2011

A California court of appeals has upheld an earlier decision that a student committed identity theft when he used a fellow student's e-mail address to gain access to her social networking account and--while impersonating her--post defaming messages. According to an OUT-LAW.COM report, the court ruled that because the student kept a record of the e-mail address with intent to use it later, and because the messages "defamed" the girl, he is guilty of a misdemeanor. The boy said he meant the messages as a joke. He has been ordered to serve 90 days to one year in a juvenile detention center program.
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