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WA Privacy - Legal to Access Online Account Without Consent?

Discussion in 'Other/General Law Forum' started by JamesCitizen, 30 August 2016.

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  1. JamesCitizen

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    Let's say Person 1 found someone else's (Person 2) credentials to any online account somewhere. Both people live in WA.

    Is it illegal under privacy law for Person 1 to log onto Person 2's online account without asking permission, for any reason? Are there circumstances in which Person 1's intent would change whether it is illegal or not?
     
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    Question 1: Yes.

    Question 2: No.
     
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    Thanks!
     
  4. Rod

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    AllForHer,

    Is there a law in WA that protects privacy? Our rights to privacy in Australia are very limited. I was thinking the cause would be Trespass to Goods ( eBay v. Bidder's Edge) or Conversion.
     
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    Might be, but it's my understanding the WA Criminal Code also makes it illegal under s 440A.
     
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