1. Brian

    Good coverage. Just found you linked from BoingBoing.net.

    I think this guy clearly crossed an ethical line and was being a dick. That’s not illegal though. Your analogy at the end doesn’t hold up. My phone is my personal property where a public computer in a lab isn’t. The key difference is the defendant here had every right to be using that machine. The decent thing to do would have been to log off the other person.

  2. Mr. Tigi

    If Marcus had simply locked the workstation, which would have required Rogers to put in a password, then there is no controversy, as if Marcus had logged out. If Rogers had to do any action such as login, unlock, or use some sort of password or device to access the account then Rogers would be in violation of the law. Was Rogers a slime for looking at Marcus’ account because Marcus forgot to log out or lock the screen, yes. Was Marcus fully negligent, and therefore culpable, of allowing third party access to the account, yes. It is similar to an “attractive nuisance.”

    Where I work it is required that if you leave your computer, you must log out or lock it. Failing to secure your station makes you liable for it.

    Computer, workstation, smartphone; dosn’t matter, password protect it, set a time-out.

  3. Mr. Tigi

    Additionally… Marcus left her account open and accessible on a “public” computer, usable by anyone who happens by. This was not a personal or private device in a private office or space.

  4. I might have gone with looking at the index of emails did not exceed authorization, but clicking on the email to see the individual contents may have crossed the line.

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