Friday, April 17, 2009

Use of Proxies to Show "Sophistication" in Crimes?

The Washington Post reports on a key vote on new US federal sentencing guidelines that would classify the use of Internet proxies in crimes as evidence of "sophistication," increasing sentences by about 25 percent, which could mean years or even decades longer behind bars, depending on the crime. Digital-rights advocates are worried, complaining that the proposal is so broad it could lead to unnecessarily harsh sentences for tech neophytes who did not know they were using proxies in the first place or who were simply engaging in a practice often encouraged as a safer way of using the Internet.

Do you proxy at work to hide from the boss? If so, watch out?


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