Raise your hand if you share a Netflix password with someone?
Actually, don’t let us know that, because now it’s a federal crime! Better yet, change your password so you don’t get in trouble!
How is it a federal crime, you may wonder?
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that sharing logins and passwords, which includes passwords for streaming services like Netflix and HBO Go is now a criminal act.
The specific case involved a corporate recruiter who used his old assistants password to gain access to a to his previous companies database after launching his own competing company when he got passed up for a promotion.
The 2-1 decision said that the crime violated the Computer Fraud and Abuse act.
So how does that relate to Netflix passwords? The way the decision is written would allow Netflix, HBO Go and other streaming services to punish those who share passwords.
The judge said that password sharing isn’t malicious but it is against company policies and the new decision “loses sight of the anti-hacking purpose of the CFAA, and . . . threatens to criminalize all sorts of innocuous conduct engaged in daily by ordinary citizens.”
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