Click, Click, CLINK: The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and Overcriminalization in America
09-14-2016 06:30pm

Click, Click, CLINK: The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and Overcriminalization in America

Does sharing a Netflix password make you a felon? Recent court rulings on the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) suggest that the answer might be yes.

The CFAA, also known as the federal anti-hacking law, makes it illegal to intentionally access a computer without authorization or “in excess of” authorization. However, “exceeding authorized access” is a phrase that has been subject to considerable dispute.

While specific, intentional criminal actions deserve proportional punishments, millions of Americans could become accidental criminals based on how certain judges and prosecutors choose to interpret the broad wording of the CFAA.

Please join the Charles Koch Institute and the Electronic Frontier Foundation for a discussion of recent judicial decisions, the CFAA, and the troubles caused by overcriminalization.

Program

MODERATOR

Vikrant Reddy, senior research fellow, Charles Koch Institute

PANELISTS

Gabe Rottman, deputy director, Freedom, Security, & Technology Project, Center for Democracy & Technology
Paul Rosenzweig, principal, Red Branch Consulting
Jamie Williams, Frank Stanton Legal Fellow, Electronic Frontier Foundation

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