Is Hacking an Instagram Account always a Crime in Florida?
A guy in Florida was convicted of unauthorized computer use. the court reversed his conviction. The guy “logged into his ex-girlfriend’s Instagram account and posted nude photographs of her without her permission.” The prosecutor claimed that constituted a violation of section 815.06(1)(a), Florida Statutes (2013).
What is Hacking a Computer Network in Florida?
Section 815.06 makes it illegal under Florida computer law and states “[w]hoever willfully, knowingly, and without authorization [a]ccesses or causes to be accessed any computer, computer system, or computer network . . . commits an offense against computer users.” § 815.06(1)(a), Fla. Stat. (2013).
The court reversed the conviction and focussed on three defintions in the law:
- “Computer” means an internally programmed, automatic device that performs data processing
- “Computer network” means any system that provides communications between one or more computer systems and its input or output devices, including, but not limited to, display terminals and printers that are connected by telecommunication facilities.
- “Computer system” means a device or collection of devices, including support devices, one or more of which contain computer programs, electronic instructions, or input data and output data, and which perform functions, including, but not limited to, logic, arithmetic, data storage, retrieval, communication, or control. The term does not include calculators that are not programmable and that are not capable of being used in conjunction with external files. § 815.03, Fla. Stat. (2013).
Instagram Hack Case Excerpt:
Revenge Porn Statute Section 784.049, Florida Statutes
The court conclude a revenge porn prosecution under Section 784.049, Florida Statutes, that specifically prohibits the publication of sexually-explicit images of a person on the Internet without his or her consent is now a tool prosecutors can use. The court noted the new revenge porn statute was needed because “Florida law does not specifically prohibit posting pictures of a nude adult person on the Internet for viewing by other adults if the picture was taken with the knowledge and consent of the person”.
Source: Crapps v State, CASE NO. 1D14-4569 (Fla 1st DCA Dec 8, 2015).https://edca.1dca.org/DCADocs/2014/4569/144569_DC08_12082015_090851_i.pdf