[SATLUG] Texas Law

pixelnate at gmail.com pixelnate at gmail.com
Fri Jun 27 21:08:49 CDT 2008

On Fri, 2008-06-27 at 20:34 -0500, Leif Johnson wrote:
> I just came across this. Am I now a criminal? I regularly investigate 
> computer problems on our school district's PCs and Linux servers.
> "Under the new law enacted in 2007, Texas has put computer repair shops on 
> notice that they had better watch their backs any time they work on a 
> computer.  If a computer repair technician without a government-issued 
> private investigator's license takes any actions that the government 
> deems to be an investigation, they may be subject to criminal 
> penalties of up to one year in jail and a $4,000 fine, as well as civil 
> penalties of up to $10,000.  The definition of investigation is very 
> broad and encompasses many common computer repair tasks."
> Link:
> http://www.ij.org/first_amendment/tx_computer_repair/6_26_08pr.html

OMG, you have to be kidding me. Now you need a permit to do basic
computer maintenance. All problems require at least a bit of
"investigation." Ridiculous.


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