Stolen Bytes: Business Can Bite Back

Wednesday, January 1st, 1986 at 12:00 am by Charles Victor Lang
Charles Victor Lang, Stolen Bytes: Business Can Bite Back, 1986 Colum. Bus. L. Rev. 251

This Note suggests that the law has witnessed the beginning of an evolution which may solve many problems in the computer crime area, but only if there is a commitment to broader legislative prohibitions of this particular type of white-collar crime. Part I addresses the inadequacy of the common law and non-computer crime statutes to prevent computer-related abuses because attempted extensions of these laws have proved ineffective. Part II explores federal and state statutes which define and expressly make criminal certain abuses perpetrated with a computer. Part III concludes that although recent developments in this area of the law have established some broad prohibitions against computer crime, further legislation is required to expand the scope to include private business, which needs further protection.

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