Radio Buzz: Fibbing on Facebook Could Get You In Trouble

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Fibbing on Facebook could get you into trouble.

Thanks to an anti-hacking law that was passed in 1986, well before social networking sites were even around.

"The problem with the law is if you prosecute people for violating user term agreements, what's to stop these companies from making arbitrarily rules and terms of use, and people being prosecuted."

That's Defense Attorney Eric Schwartzreich speaking with Tony Cruise at WHAS in Louisville, Kentucky.

Advocacy groups on both sides of the aisle are pressing lawmakers to re-write the law.

Hoping to prevent an administration push to toughen penalties from treating online mischief-makers the same as criminal hackers.

Critics of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, point most often to a section that imposes penalties on ANYONE who knowingly "exceeds authorized access" on a computer to obtain information." Authorized access" they warn, could refer to ANYTHING from a website's terms of use agreement to an employer's restrictions on computer use.

Schwartzreich warns:

"The internet is forever. You know, it's a different age than when you and I grew up in a digital age. They're Digital fingerprints, and they are posting pictures that I think they'll later regret, and employers have access to this and you know they'll see certain things that probably should not have been posted, and I think it's very detrimental to our young women and men there looking for employment, especially in an economy like this."

I'm Jessica Curtis, and that's your Talk Radio Buzz from Fox News Radio.