New law prohibits internet impersonations
January 10, 2011
Among the new laws that went into effect on January 1, California Senate Bill 114 makes it a misdemeanor to “credibly” impersonate another person on the web “for the purpose of harming, intimidating, threatening, or defrauding another person.”
These impersonations include online forums, emails and social media. The law makes it a crime to create an email, send a tweet or create a Facebook page under another person’s name.
If a person violates California Penal code section 528.5, they face a fine of up to $1,000 and one year in jail.
In addition to criminal penalties, the law allows persons to take civil actions if they have suffered damage or loss because of an internet impersonation.