Let's say for the sake of example, you're an 18 year old college student and your uncle's family comes over to visit. Your cousins ask for your Wi-Fi password and you give it to them, or they guess the password because it's too easy. Hypothetically, if one of them commits some sort of Internet crime, such as bullying or sexting or something else and 3 years later the police discovers it and you get sued, how can you legally prove it wasn't you behind the screen?


You don't have to prove it wasn't you: they have to prove it was. That's what proof beyond reasonable doubt means.

BTW, the police don't sue you (unless you break a contract with them) they prosecute you.

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  • Thanks! How do they prove that? Let's say a family of 6 people uses a Wi-Fi connection and one of the brothers breaks the law online, hypothetically. What's the legal process? – Alexander A Sep 5 '17 at 10:00
  • They investigate and collect evidence – Dale M Sep 5 '17 at 10:11
  • What if, hypothetically speaking, the person who broke the law online lives in South Africa and the party which wants to sue/prosecute is in the UK or USA? Furthermore, if, for example the dad owned the Wi-Fi, would he somehow end up getting punished for an online crime one of his sons or daughters committed? – Alexander A Sep 5 '17 at 10:31
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    Us - post these as questions – Dale M Sep 5 '17 at 12:31
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    @AlexanderA This site is not a forum and comments are not for extended conversation. Your question has been answered, if the answer raises more questions then ask them: don't use comments to do so. – Dale M Sep 5 '17 at 21:10

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