Computer hackers violate the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. NBC News states that this 1986 law makes any unauthorized access to a computer network a federal offense with severe consequences.Continue Reading
Many experts consider the CFAA to be out of date and overly harsh in its punishments. It was created to prevent hackers from breaking into major networks with the intent to do damage. Today, however, there are many cyber protesters of free access to information who are convicted using the CFAA. Scientific American reports that Internet activist Aaron Swartz hung himself as he was facing 35 years in prison for downloading public information from a site to which he already had a subscription.Learn more about Is This Illegal?
Federal law prohibits the use of radio scanners to intercept cellular phone calls, according to Privacy Rights Clearinghouse. It is illegal to sell or import radio scanners that have the capability to intercept cellular phone calls. Modifying radio scanners in order to intercept cellular phone calls is also illegal.Full Answer >
It is against the law to download copyrighted for movies for free unless the viewer or the file provider has received authorization from the copyright holder, according to New Media Rights. The law specifically applies to downloading, distributing or intending to distribute such copyrighted material.Full Answer >
As of 2015, law enforcement agents can legally tap phone conversations if they have an order from a judge, says FindLaw. Judges order wiretaps when they have probable cause to believe that information about criminal activity is obtainable. Police don't need a judge's order to obtain a list of all numbers that call a particular phone, or all numbers called from a phone. It's usually legal for officials to monitor phone conversations in prison.Full Answer >
According to the Department of Labor, an employer is legally allowed to reduce the salary of non-exempt employees and exempt workers under labor law rules. An employer cannot reduce any employee's salary to below the current minimum wage. Workers also cannot be required to work additional hours without fair compensation.Full Answer >