EFF Commentary on Expanded Powers of Computer Fraud And Abuse Act Reform

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on March 27, 2013

EFF: “Law professor and historian Tim Wu has called the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) the “worst law in technology.” The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has described the government’s interpretation of it “expansive,” “broad,” and “sweeping.” And Orin Kerr, former federal prosecutor and law professor, has detailed how the government could use it to put “any Internet user they want [in jail].” So it’s pretty surprising to see that now, instead of reining in the CFAA’s dangerous reach, the House Judiciary Committee is floating a proposal to dramatically expand it and is reportedly planning to rush it to the floor of Congress during its April “cyber” week…Techdirt’s Mike Masnick posted a new draft and analysis of the CFAA expansion bill on Monday.”

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