Is It Even Possible To Ban Someone From Using A Computer?

from the more-difficult-than-you-might-think dept

A few years back, after hearing about a few similar rulings, we wondered if it was reasonable (or even feasible) to ban someone from using computers or the internet if they were found guilty of committing crime online. It seemed pretty excessive, especially considering how integrated computers and the internet have become with every day life. Last summer, a judge came to the same conclusion overturning a ban while noting how excessive that is as punishment. Apparently, however, not all judges quite understand this. A woman accused of fraud in a tax preparation scam has been banned from using computers while she waits for trial. That seems excessively broad (especially for someone who hasn't been found guilty yet). And how do they define "computer" in this situation? Can she use a mobile phone? What about an ATM machine? Self-checkout computer? This seems like one of those things that sounds good to a judge who hasn't actually thought through the ramifications of such a broad ban in today's world.

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    dualboot, 12 Apr 2008 @ 8:39pm

    Collect unemployment? Oops!

    I have yet to work at any job in the past 20 years that didn't require me to use a computer. So, is she supposed to get fired just because she has been accused and not even convicted? Even if she is convicted, do judges just want her to be a drain on the tax payers in this country? She'll have to file for unemployment. Oh no! Maybe she won't be able to collect... don't they make you type a form on the computer to file? Hmm... better just live on the street and starve to death, then if this judge is right. And how would they know... are they going to embed finger-print recognition on every computer? You can use the library computers for free, and the IP address is not tied to you...

    Where's Swift when you need another "Modest Proposal?"

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