Concerns teen being ‘railroaded’ in privacy breach to cover government slip

Jon Tattrie reports:

Software and privacy experts say an embarrassed Nova Scotia government seems to be seeking a scapegoat, following Halifax police’s quick arrest of a 19-year-old man for accessing private documents publicly visible on a provincial website.

The teenager is charged with unauthorized use of a computer, which carries a prison term of up to 10 years.

“In order to break this law, you have to have done it with fraudulent intent,” said David Fraser, a lawyer with McInnes Cooper in Halifax who specializes in technology and privacy laws.

“From everything that’s being discussed about this, it’s likely the person was likely trying to download content of public documents from a public internet site.”

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