I'm trying not to talk politics here but I must mention the hacking into Govenor Sarah Palin's Yahoo email account. Here is a media story that explains it.
Because it is apparent from the confession from the anonymous person that they intentionally took actions to pretend they were someone they were not this was an illegal act. I heard on the radio that the jail time could be 18-24 months.
Whether this act was done because someone just thought that they could get away with it and having no respect for privacy or whether it was an intentional act to try to smear Govenor Palin I don't know. It seems to me the younger generation has a more nebulous idea of etiquette, rules and laws than any generation before them. What I mean is I would not put it past a teen or someone in their 20s who grew up with computers and the Internet to have the opinion that hacking is actually not illegal but something to do for fun. Over and over I see examples of the younger generation than mine thinking they don't have to play by society's rules and that they are entitled to push boundaries even when that crosses the line and becomes technically an illegal act.
I just wanted to mention this today as I often talk about Internet safety and privacy issues. As a victim of identity theft I have many reasons to cringe at the idea of personal privacy being violated. These same privacy issues apply to bloggers as well. They apply to our children too, in other words if we allow our children online and they have passwords that are not well protected or use sites with not so great privacy policies, or easily hackable sites, our kids may be opening a portal to violate the entire family's confidential information.
Just a few things to ponder today...