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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    Bryan See (profile), 26 Aug 2013 @ 1:04pm

    Possibility of computer banning - through ransomware

    After reading an article on Encyclopedia Dramatica, it is said that I discovered a quite elaborate conspiracy in place to stifle my contributions (by fabricating and distorting my history) and force my suicide via an increase in my medication in order to "become well." As on AboveTopSecret.com, Wikipedia is a lost cause, and it is bound to get me, through my arch enemy BatteryIncluded, the administrators and arbitrators alike. This is why most of my appeals to Wikipedia's BASC denied many times without any further reason. I think banning someone from using a computer or the Internet is probably going to be used in this conspiracy against me on behalf of BatteryIncluded. It may be achieved through some kind of ransomware in which payment is not needed (as being used in many police ransom viruses), but rather, it directs the user to be well in order to unlock it for anyone to use a computer. For example, after the individual is banned from using a computer, a kitten is given to him with a lovely suicide threat by BatteryIncluded.

    By the way, current ransomware bans computer users for alleged violations of laws unless a payment is made as a supposed "fine." They use official logos such as FBI or other authority to scare people into doing so. In addition, they could use logos of antivirus software to improve credibility of the virus. As usual, the virus locks down a computer and bans the person behind it, but it doesn't usually destroy any data stored onto it. Besides, major computer-related offenses such as hacking and downloading illegal material merit a computer ban, whether is temporary or indefinite.

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