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A year after Swartz suicide, reform of anti-hacking law remains elusive

Jaikumar Vijayan | Jan. 17, 2014
Calls for changing the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act have made little headway.

But scrapping the law or making wholesale changes to it, as some are calling for, is not a good idea, he said. The CFAA is an effective tool against data theft and sabotage. Businesses need such laws to keep information secure, he said. Congress realizes that, which is why it has been so reluctant to support calls for CFAA reform in a bigger way, he said.

Swartz's death, and the subsequent calls for CFAA reform, have also made both prosecutors and courts more careful in ensuring that the law is applied in the spirit in which it was written, Tuma said.

A coalition of Internet companies and privacy groups plan an online protest against government surveillance of Internet users on Feb. 11, in memory of Swartz.


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