Legal advice on internet crimes

cyber law representation image Legal issues that arise in connection with online trading and online activities are considered Internet Law or Cyber Law. This important matter considers existing local legislation in places like the US, Europe and other countries and exposes the potential for unfair commercial practices that arise for example from, online contracts, electronic agents, disclosure of information, online advertising and online dispute resolution in cross-border transactions.

As the use of the Internet grows, so does the use of the Internet to commit crime. Internet crime includes Internet fraud, violations of Internet business practices, violations of CAN-SPAM, violations of privacy laws and identity theft. THe US government keeps an important source to report and investigate cyber complaints. It’s called IC3, the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), and it began operation on May 8, 2000 as the Internet Fraud Complaint Center. In December 2003, the Internet Fraud Complaint Center (IFCC) was renamed the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) to better reflect the broad character of such criminal matters having a cyber (Internet) nexus. The IC3 has received complaints across a wide variety of cyber crime matters, including online fraud (in its many forms), intellectual property rights (IPR) matters, computer intrusions (hacking), economic espionage (theft of trade secrets), child pornography, international money laundering, identity theft, and a growing list of additional criminal matters.

These websites work as a place to report Internet Crimes:
– https://www.justice.gov/criminal-ccips/reporting-computer-internet-related-or-intellectual-property-crime
– https://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx
– https://www.fbi.gov/investigate/cyber

Internet and email fraud
Internet and email fraud include scams that are conducted online such as websites promoting fraudulent goods or services, or emails sent to consumers with the intent of scamming them of their money or obtaining personal information to commit fraud. They may include auction fraud, counterfeit cashier’s checks, credit card theft/fraud, debt elimination or debt consolidation schemes, fake or illegal employment/ business opportunities, internet extortion, investment fraud, phishing, pyramid schemes and spam.

Online privacy
Items that have the potential to violate a user’s privacy include cookies (information a Web site puts on the user’s hard drive so it can remember something about the user at a later time), spyware (gathers information about the user without the user’s knowledge), web bugs (placed on a Web page or in an e-mail message to monitor user behavior) and phishing (email fraud—an email that looks legitimate is sent out to gather personal information from recipients, often passwords to secure accounts).

Various states have laws regarding privacy on the Internet. An example is Nevadas that forbids the disclosure of information that personally identifies an Internet user. California requires nonfinancial businesses to disclose to customers the types of personal information that business shares with or sells to a third party for direct marketing purposes or for compensation.

Identity theft
Victims may lose their money and may also discover their credit rating is negatively affected by identity theft.

Internet Marketing
Some Internet companies and social media websites have come under fire for their marketing tactics.

Other common Internet crimes are: porn, revenge porn(when someone posts intimate pictures of someone else online), pedophilia, software and intelectual property piracy, etc… it’s quite common for people to be charged wrongfully for these accusations because of viruses that installed those pictures on the persons computers.

These lawyers and law firms can help protect you from problems you may have online.

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