Virtual Maps a Criminal Offence

By on 28 May, 2010
Internet-generated maps are being linked to crime in the US state of Louisiana. Lawmakers have just approved a bill, by a vote of 89-0, which adds up to 10 years to a sentence for anyone who uses a “virtual street-level map” during a crime.
 
The bill defines the map as something that is available on the internet and can generate the location or photo of a home or building when an address of the structure or an individual’s name is entered into the application.
 
If the map is used for a crime such as burglary, the bill calls for at least one extra year of jail time for the perpetrator. If the map is used in an act of terrorism, it would invoke an additional term of at least 10 years.
 
Senate Bill 151 is currently undergoing clarifying amendments in the government.

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