Court: Yes, Sharing Your Netflix Password Is Illegal

Netflix users beware: a federal appeals court ruled last week that sharing passwords to a company’s website violates federal law.

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled last week in favor of the government’s use of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) to put away David Nosal, a headhunter who left his job at the firm Korn/Ferry to start his own firm. After leaving, Nosal persuaded a former co-worker still employed by Korn/Ferry to share his login credentials for a database he used for research without the firm’s permission.