Changes to CFAA Advocated

Based in Studio City, California, Edward Myers & Associates, Inc., serves the security and risk-assessment consulting needs of a wide array of high-profile clients. Leveraging more than 75 years of combined experience, the management team at Edward Myers & Associates, Inc., is well versed in the technical and legal aspects of the industry, including the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986.

CFAA is a federal anti-hacking law originally intended to protect the computer systems used by the United States government and certain financial institutions from being accessed (hacked) by unauthorized persons. However, amendments to the act have allowed for broad interpretations beyond illegal intruder prevention.

Advocates for internet user rights have identified three primary areas of the CFAA which should be revised or clarified, including the criminalization of violating computer use policies (the website’s fine print) and gaining access to data (when this access has been authorized) using circumvention techniques. Additionally, advocates believe the law should match the penalty to the violation. As currently written, first-time offenders can easily face felony charges.