One of the biggest problems with computer crimes is that it is incredibly difficult to prove who was actually committing a crime behind the screen. Merely identifying the specific machine used in a computer crime is hard enough, but proving who was, or was not, using the computer when the crime actually occurred is even more challenging -especially if the computer is frequently used by more than one person. That’s why a judge has ruled that an IP address cannot be used as proof of someone’s identity.
IP Address Cannot be Used as Proof of Identity
Recently, Washington District Judge Robert Lasnik helped further secure the rights of those accused of computer crimes by determining that an IP address cannot be used as proof of identify alone, meaning it does not enough offer evidence to pursue legal action against a person. He explained that merely having the name of the person associated with a particular IP address provides little proof of the identity of who actually committed the crime using that IP address, noting that “While it is possible that the subscriber is the one who participated… it is also possible that a family member, guest, or freeloader engaged in the infringing conduct.”
What Does This Mean for You?
While this particular case took place in Washington and specifically applied to copyright infringement, it can still be useful for lawyers in Vista as it helps set a legal precedent that could apply to all types of crimes involving computers and in areas outside of Washington -especially since Lasnik is a federal judge and not just operating at a local level.
Cases like this provide yet another reason why it is so important to work with a top criminal attorney with experience handling computer crimes and a knowledge of the newest rulings that may affect criminal cases. When someone keeps up on current news in the legal field, it can directly affect your case and, ultimately could mean the difference between your freedom and imprisonment.
If you have been accused of any type of crime related to computer usage, please call Peter M. Liss at (760) 643-4050 to schedule a free initial consultation.
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