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Sharing Netflix and HBO passwords is now a federal crime… but not so much
On July 5th, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision that found, in part, that sharing passwords can be grounds for prosecution under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA).
This might turn millions of people who share passwords of streaming websites such as Netflix or HBO into “unwitting federal criminals”.
However, Netflix representatives declared in the past that they do not track the number of people sharing account passwords, since that poses difficulties and can also beneficial to them.
FBI raises eyebrows by collecting 430,000 iris scans
Size makes no difference when it comes to cutting-edge surveillance technology. At least that’s the case of San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department, servicing 2 million citizens with the help of 1,800 officers, as The Verge draws attention.
Quietly, however, this department has collected iris data from an estimate of 434,000 arrestees, of the last couple of years.