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New CFAA Draft Aims To Expand The 'Worst Law In Technology'

redletterdave (2493036) writes | about a year and a half ago

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redletterdave writes "Despite the dangerous reach of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act as it currently stands, the House Judiciary Committee has actually proposed a number of expansions to the law in a new draft, which will be “rushed” to Congress during its “cyber week” in the middle of April. Among the many additions, the new CFAA draft expands the number of ways one could be found guilty by punishing anyone who “conspires to commit” violations in the same way as those that have already “completed” the offense, also adding computer crimes as a form of “racketeering activity” and expanding the law to include accessing information for an "impermissible purpose," which means even if you have the right to access the information in the first place, it's still considered a crime if someone deems you are misusing your access. If you’re found guilty, the new CFAA also endorses more severe punishments for offenders by raising the maximum sentences available for certain violations, so instead of Aaron Swartz facing four charges with a maximum of five years per infraction, the new bill would have increased the maximum sentence to 20 years for each charge."
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