Is Banning The Internet From Computer Criminals A Viable Punishment?
from the seems-increasingly-difficult dept
This isn't the first time this question has been raised, but with another case where someone has been banned from using the internet after being found guilty of a computer crime, is it reasonable (or even viable) to ban someone from using the internet? There's no denying that this guy did something wrong in hacking into his school's computers and taking the personal info (including social security numbers) of thousands of people. He should be punished for that. But, part of the punishment is a ban on using the internet except under approval and supervision -- and only for work and school. The reasoning makes sense. He used the internet to commit the crime, so stop him from being able to do that again. However, with the internet becoming a part of so much of our lives is it really reasonable? Will he not be allowed to buy a phone with a data connection? That's increasingly difficult these days. What about using a VoIP phone? Or signing up for an IPTV account as those become available? Lots of new consumer electronics and appliances are going to come with internet access as well. Will he not be able to use those? It just seems like the type of vague ban that sounds good in a courtroom but will be tough to enforce out in the real world.