Unauthorized Computer Access Law In Japan

In Japan, hacking is prohibited and sanctioned under the Unauthorized Computer Access Law n.128 of 1999, which came into effect on February 3, 2000 (the “UCAL.”) The UCAL specifically prohibits the unauthorized use of another person's account and password to gain access to the Internet or to another computer system.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What main acts are prohibited under the UCAL?
What sanctions apply to hacking?
How is the act of facilitating hacking treated?
What regulations apply to the access administrator?

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