New CA law against fake profiles

By Anne Collier

California has updated its impersonation law to include online impersonation, or pretending to be someone else in email and social network sites. “Using a fake online profile or email address to harm others can lead to a fine of up to $1,000 and one year in jail,” the San Francisco Examiner reports. The Examiner cites the view of one law enforcement officer that, on the surface, the law looks good, but he doubts it’ll help investigators crack cases – imposter profile can be created so quickly and easily. Investigators should contact Ally Pfeiffer, the Connecticut student who did her own computer forensic work after being victimized by a cruel imposter profile (see my post on that).

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