Major changes are in the works for the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAA”), 18 U.S.C. § 1030. In the past ten years, the CFAA has moved from obscurity into the limelight as Congressional amendments drastically increased its scope. The watershed began in late 2001, when Congress, as part of the USA Patriot Act, adopted a definition of “loss” in the CFAA that made it easier for private litigants to meet the $5,000 threshold for damage or loss. In 2007, Congress expanded a crucial liability provision to criminalize “intentionally access[ing] a computer without authorization or exceed[ing] authorized access, and thereby obtain[ing] . . . information.” 18 U.S.C. § 1030(a)(2) (C). This section imposes liability on anyone who accesses a computer without authorization or who exceeds authorization, even if the person commits no further wrongdoing. Since 2002, complaints alleging a cause of action under the CFAA have increased nearly 600% percent.
Please see full article below for further information.
Firefox recommends the PDF Plugin for Mac OS X for viewing PDF documents in your browser.
We can also show you Legal Updates using the Google Viewer; however, you will need to be logged into Google Docs to view them.
Please choose one of the above to proceed!
LOADING PDF: If there are any problems, click here to download the file.