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Cesar Manuel Perez Crime and the Criminal Internet Laws Cyber Space Law Right now there is a very interesting war being waged in the court rooms across America It is a battle for the rights of citizens on the Internet The Internet is a fairly new medium gaining wide popularity in 1994 Because of its incredible growth in popularity in a very short amount of time it has been hard to regulate The first act to come out regarding the Internet and Freedom of Speech was PL 99-508 the Electronic Communications and Privacy Act of 1986 This act consisted of two parts title I and title II Title I - Interception of Communications and Related Matters Basically takes the existing laws and updates them to include computers Where before it was illegal to intercept private telephone calls it now says it is illegal to intercept private computer transmissions It also includes a provision to make it legal to intercept public radio transmissions like it is with public radio programs It also allows Internet Service Providers to keep a log of who called and their activity on-line to protect themselves Title II - Stored Wire and Electronic Communications and Transactional Records Access This provision adds sections to Title 18 of the United States Code USC In section 2701 - Unlawful Access to Stored Communications it makes it a federal offense to hack into a computer system Actually what it says is that it is not illegal to gain access but once you do gain access by mistake or intention it is illegal to continue to access the computer system This crime is punishable by 5000 or up to six months in jail Section 2703 of USC Title 18 is the section that instructs Internet Service Providers to keep a back-up record of your activities on-line with a court order from a government entity Then after the government notifies the individual in question the material
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