Sarkozy Kicks Off Criminal Investigation Into Blog/Twitter Reports He Had An Affair

from the thin-skinned? dept

And we were always told in the US that we spent too much time worrying about which politician was having affairs, while in France, it was pretty much expected that politicians had mistresses. Yet, apparently, Nicolas Sarkozy is so upset about online rumors, repeated on blogs and on Twitter, that both he and his wife have had affairs, that a criminal investigation has been kicked off. Under what law? Apparently the claim is that this would be a "fraudulent introduction of data into a computer system." That seems like a stretch. These are just internet rumors. Most people let them go. At the very least, I could see a libel claim -- but a criminal investigation for "fraudulent introduction of data into a computer system" just seems like massive abuse of power and overkill.

Filed Under: france, nicolas sarkozy, rumors, twitter


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    Michael, 7 Apr 2010 @ 10:48am

    Re: Re: That's a law?

    Not going overboard here - for it to be fraud, there would have to be some kind of intent, or at least knowledge of the fraud. Writing bad checks is fraud only if you actually knew the account was empty.

    However, I still contend that there are plenty of reasons to enter fraudulent data into a computer. If someone IM's me asking for my phone number, I can't give them an incorrect number?

    We must be missing some information on the law in question. If it really is as broad as Mike's article suggests, it can't stand up for long.

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