Senators Push for Changes in Cybercrime Law
Our primary concern -- that this will lead to overbroad application of the law -- is far from hypothetical. Three federal circuit courts have agreed that an employee who exceeds an employer's network acceptable use policies can be prosecuted under the CFAA. At least one federal prosecutor has brought criminal charges against a user of a social network who signed up under a pseudonym in violation of terms of service.
On Tuesday, a coalition of groups and Internet activists called on Congress to narrow the language in CFAA before considering additional penalties. Violations of terms of service or computer use policies are not computer crimes, said the groups, including the Center for Democracy and Technology, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Americans for Tax Reform.