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Things That Aren’t Illegal Yet but Will Be Soon

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Your Future Self Is Under Arrest

If you’ve seen Minority Report, you’re familiar with the idea that law enforcement could arrest you for a crime you haven’t even committed yet. If that fanciful technology existed today, would you be in trouble? It’s difficult, if not downright impossible, to be sure.

Today, you’re most likely aware of what is legal and what is not, and hopefully you opt to abide by the law. But what if you could be guilty of things you didn’t even know were illegal, simply because they aren’t yet?

Fifty years ago, if you told somebody they could get a ticket for texting while driving, they wouldn’t even know what you were talking about. As one Redditor put it, no one in 1966 would have thought “stealing movies and music out of the air” would ever be a legal issue.

With rapid innovations, largely from technology and social movements, legislators must also adapt in order to control, govern, and promote safety. No one knows for sure what the future will bring, so we turned to Redditors…

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What isn’t a crime yet but will be in the future?