Most of us have Facebook, Twitter and other accounts, and sometimes we browse these social sites from our workplace in working hours which may have an effect on our employer.
Your employers might point their fingers at you angrily when you check Facebook at work, but they don’t have the right to send you prison for this. If it’s counted as a crime then it will sound silly because this is not a big issue to check your personal social networking account on your free time in the office.
A US appeals court has ruled that breaking the office computer using rule is not backed by any law until or unless you are committing a specific crime to get in trouble.
Prosecutors had tried to argue that an NYPD officer was violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act by checking out other people’s social networking pages with a non-police purpose (which violates policy), but the court thought this was an irrelevant interpretation. If that’s illegal, the court says, “millions of ordinary computer users” would also be breaking the law.
The verdict also has important implications for free speech online. The officer was entertaining a cannibalism fetish, but the court rejected that part. According to the ruling just toying with a fantasy isn’t criminal. In other words, your internet activity can count as a problem when you are doing something wrong or else it’s totally okay.