Feds can charge you with obstruction of justice for clearing your browser history

From Lizzie Plaigic at The Verge:

Because intent is difficult to prove, the current interpretation of Section 802 could make it possible for the feds to charge citizens for deleting data at any point in time, were it to end up becoming potential evidence at a later date.

​Does this sound like we do not have control over our data? Anything could become potential evidence.

If you’re looking for me, I’ll be in fetal position.

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Bryan Villarin

Bryan is a Community Guardian at Automattic. He's also a photographer, card magician, and cat whisperer. (Thanks to my friend and colleague Steve Blythe for the sweet photo!)

One thought on “Feds can charge you with obstruction of justice for clearing your browser history”

  1. On exit Firefox – my default browser – deletes everything. Cookies, stored data, history, everything that can be checked in the Privacy settings.
    Do I do this for privacy/security?
    Nope. I do it because Firefox works faster. I tried it some years ago, it worked so now I have these settings all the time.
    That this could be held against a US citizen who does it for the same reasons is nuts. Totally crazy.

    Is there anything you can do online NOT a crime in the USA right now?
    If there is, someone should create a checklist for when they are made crimes…

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