Clear web history of your web browser can be interpreted as “obstruction of justice” by applying the Sarbanes-Oxley
ActIn the early 2000s, Paul Sarbanes and Michael Oxley realizzavano a bill with the aim of putting pressure on companies because not respect the requirements of federal prosecutors during any investigation. It is treated to a nearly direct response to the Enron scandal in 2001, when the energy harvesting companies had managed to hide debts in the billions of dollars because of the use of creative accounting practices. The Sarbanes-Oxley Act was signed by Bush in 2002. Da then, the organs of the United States can rely on the same justice to prosecute anyone who commits acts as clear web history from web browser.
This is the case of Khairullozhon Matanov, former taxi driver twenty-four that he had dinner with Tamerlan Tsarnaev and Dhzokhar the night of the attack during the Boston Marathon. Federal prosecutors in this case have Matanov accused of having destroyed the evidence, on the basis of the provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. This negligence, or to have deleted the Internet history of your browser, it could cost Matanov even 20 years imprisonment. The news was reported by The Nation, which argues that Matanov Tsnarnaev becomes aware that the brothers were suspected of bombing a few days after the dinner. Only then, the twenty-four went to inform the local police of Quincy, albeit apparently not telling the whole truth.After the meeting at the police station, Matanov would erase your browsing history from your computer, even erasing all videos.
In May 2014, after being tracked by the FBI for over a year, Matanov was finally charged with four counts of obstruction of justice, with specific accusation
“Destruction of any evidence, document or material object with the intent to obstruct a federal investigation.”
Although the same Sarbanes-Oxley was designed with the aim of hindering illegal financial practices, not the first time it is used beyond the borders of the economic world. In 2010, David Kernell was convicted of having eliminated the history of your browser after you complete the hack Yahoo account of Sarah Palin. Incriminate the individual with a law designed for large companies, however, it may have a negative effect on the privacy of the individual.
Especially in a period like this, in which privacy (especially in America) is a topic definitely hot. It is essentially impossible to prove the intentions for which you are deleting your browser history, and use of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act could actually afford, with creative interpretations such as those in the two cases above, the accused at any time possible citizen for canceling various types of files from your computer.
Matanov was found guilty of four counts of obstruction of justice, with sentencing scheduled for later this month.