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Article posted Mar 26 2013, 11:18 PM Category: Big Brother/Orwellian Source: Techdirt Print

Turns Out The One 'Good' Change In CFAA Reform... May Actually Be Bad Too

by Mike Masnick

So yesterday we broke the news about a proposed CFAA reform bill that, rather than fix the problems of the CFAA made the law much, much worse. It added computer crimes as a racketeering issue, increased sentences and made just talking about a potential CFAA violation the equivalent of having committed it. Bad stuff all around. There was one section, however, that we said was slightly good. We noted that they ever so slightly rolled back what would constitute a crime for "exceeding authorized access" listing out a few qualifications that needed to be met -- including that the information obtained was valued over $5,000, that you had to be targeting private information and that the access was done in furtherance of a crime. Based on the bill as written, I had assumed that all of those elements needed to be present to qualify.

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