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Sharing Your NETFLIX (and others) Passwords Could Now Be A Federal Crime [Details]

We all love binge watching shows – we just had an article about the most binge-watched shows [READ IT HERE].

But as you binge-watch just know that there is a new ruling about sharing your passwords. A federal court in California has ruled that sharing your password for your Netflix, HBO Go and other streaming accounts is a violation of the Computer Fraud & Abuse Act.

(Photo: LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

(Photo: LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

The opinion was rendered during the United States V. Nosal trial, a case where a former-employee of a firm was using the password of another employee who was still working the company to download information for use at his new job.

Nosal was charged with hacking in 2008 under the CFAA act. The decision means that Americans essentially are violating federal law when they share their Netflix, HBO Go, Hulu or any other paid password. One circuit judge wrote in dissent of the verdict, “It loses sight of the anti-hacking purpose of the CFAA, and despite our warning, threatens to criminalize all sorts of innocuous conduct engaged in daily ordinary citizens.”

However, another judge says the verdict was more about ‘authorization’ than Americans sharing passwords.

So call your aunt in Albuquerque and let her know that she’ll need to get her own password now to binge-watch Breaking Bad!!

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