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The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act Is Broken. Tell Congress to Fix It.

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The tragic death of Aaron Swartz, a 26-year-old coder and social activist, has shone a light on the sad truth about America's misguided computer crime law.

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Kathy B (106)
Saturday January 11, 2014, 5:03 pm

No more criminal penalties for violating a website's fine print
No criminal penalties for circumvention techniques that protect privacy and promote security
Make penalties proportionate to offenses

The tragic death of Aaron Swartz, a 26-year-old coder and social activist, has shone a light on the sad truth about America's misguided computer crime law. The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) has vague language that broadly criminalizes accessing a computer without "authorization," but doesn't explain what that actually means. It also contains heavy-handed penalties and shows no regard for whether an act was done to further the public good. Read More

Proposed legislative fixes -- like Representative Zoe Lofgren's "Aaron's Law" -- are encouraging but don't go far enough. To fix the CFAA, we need to clarify the meaning of "unauthorized" to reflect that commonplace and privacy-protective "circumvention" techniques should not be crimes, and we also need to make penalties proportionate to offenses.

Brilliant, talented, visionary people should be spending their time building our future, not worrying about wasting away in prison. Congress must start by updating the CFAA to ensure the penalties make sense in light of the behavior they're meant to punish. Once you've taken action, read more about how EFF is tackling this issue.

Patrick Donovan (344)
Saturday January 11, 2014, 5:05 pm
Thank you for this story; too many innocent people are being prosecuted for victimless crimes.

Animae C (514)
Saturday January 11, 2014, 5:21 pm
Thanks for helping us reform the CFAA

Ondine J (134)
Saturday January 11, 2014, 6:03 pm
Noted and signed, thanks

Sue H (7)
Saturday January 11, 2014, 7:37 pm
Noted and signed, thanks.

Sheryl G (360)
Saturday January 11, 2014, 7:54 pm
Thanks for helping us reform the CFAA. Gladly signed. His death still bothers me greatly. A kind heart, intelligent, a whole future ahead of him. Who knows what he would of done in contributions to this Nation for in his short life it had already been a lot. His poor parents, to loose a son due to an over zealous Prosecutor and Government that goes after someone like him while allowing Banks and Wall Street to rip us off in every direction. Good for you to post this Kathy.

Athena F (131)
Sunday January 12, 2014, 12:50 am
signed, noted, thanks

Jaime Alves (52)
Sunday January 12, 2014, 5:38 am

John B (185)
Sunday January 12, 2014, 5:39 am
Thanks Kathy. Signed and noted.
"Thanks for helping us reform the CFAA"

Robert O (12)
Sunday January 12, 2014, 7:39 am
Thanks for helping us reform the CFAA

Thank you Kathy.

Alexandra G (250)
Monday January 13, 2014, 5:31 am
done, thanks

Inge B (202)
Wednesday January 15, 2014, 12:14 am
Signed via CA. zip 95667


P A (117)
Wednesday January 15, 2014, 12:52 am
Would love to sign but US only.

fly bird (26)
Wednesday January 15, 2014, 1:06 am
Signed. Tragic. ty

Past Member (0)
Wednesday January 15, 2014, 1:59 am
Ok I told them. But what about my personal broken computer?

Birgit W (160)
Wednesday January 15, 2014, 4:03 am
Sorry, US only.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday January 15, 2014, 12:45 pm
Signed and noted

Rose Becke (141)
Thursday January 16, 2014, 2:01 am
signed thanks Dandelion for passing this on

Pat B (356)
Thursday January 16, 2014, 2:04 pm
Thank you, signed.

Ed Site Issues V (198)
Thursday January 16, 2014, 2:40 pm
S&N, Thanks

Lois Jordan (63)
Saturday January 18, 2014, 3:49 pm
Messages all sent gladly. Noted. Many thanks for posting, Kathy.....and Dandelion for the link.

john byrne (50)
Sunday January 19, 2014, 4:10 am

The old saying IF its not broken dont fix it Well the system is well broken Who is capable of fixing it. YOU THE PEOPLE as it went over the heads of all governments a long long time ago.


Gina Caracci (219)
Sunday January 19, 2014, 7:56 pm
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