US Appeals Court: Password Sharing Is a Federal Crime

A United States appeals court has ruled that password sharing is a federal crime. “The decision is a nightmare scenario for civil liberties groups, who say that such a broad interpretation of the CFAA means that millions of Americans are unwittingly violating federal law by sharing accounts on things like Netflix, HBO, Spotify, and Facebook. Stephen Reinhardt, the dissenting judge in the case, noted that the decision ‘threatens to criminalize all sorts of innocuous conduct engaged in daily by ordinary citizens.’”