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Congresswoman proposes amendment to computer fraud law honoring Aaron Swartz

John Ribeiro | Jan. 16, 2013
A draft bill to exclude terms of service violations from the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) is to be introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives.

"Kudos to Rep. Lofgren for her swift response. But her bill wouldn't have prevented Aaron's prosecution under the CFAA or wire fraud law," Hofmann said in a Twitter message on Tuesday. The draft bill is a good start, but she hopes to see Aaron's Law strengthened before it reaches Congress, Hofmann said in another message.

A petition launched Monday on the White House's website has also called for reforming the anti-hacking law. The act is too open ended, and any reasonable use of a computer system that isn't explicitly authorized can be classified a computer crime, it said. The petition had 2,058 signatures by late Tuesday.

 

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