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The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act: Are Changes Necessary?

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4Discovery’s Jeffrey Hartman featured in debate article in the October issue of SC Magazine

Intellectual property theft and cyber breaches have a significant impact on our fragile economy, causing $250 billion in damages to countless artists, technology developers and companies last year. The CFAA is a necessary tool for combating these offenses.

The law is a unique deterrent against those who trespass into a computer system to steal property or cause damage. Aren’t the IP rights of inventors and shareholders just as worthy of protection as the rights of those who would access a computer system with intent to take what is not theirs?

Yes, the CFAA has been tragically misapplied recently, but tossing out a law that has so much potential to protect our economy and the heritage of our inventors is a knee-jerk response to over-zealous prosecutors and provides justice for no one.

Let’s tweak the law, removing the criminality of terms of service violations, leaving intact the CFAA‘s ability to punish real “bad guys.”

To view the full article in SC Magazine, click here.

 

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About Jeff Hartman

Jeff is a 30 year veteran of the corporate security, computer forensics, and eDiscovery community and a co-founder and partner at 4Discovery. 4Discovery is a leading provider of computer incident response and computer forensics services to attorneys, corporate security executives, and the information protection community.