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Can accessing a publicly available web page land you in prison under the CFAA?

January 21, 2015

The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) (See 18 U.S.C. § 1030) is a law that generally prohibits intentionally accessing a computer, without authorization, and obtaining information from a protected computer. Though Congress decided to leave interpretation of “without authorization” to the courts. This causes some uncertainty in analyzing whether certain online behavior might be illegal – especially […]

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What is the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA)?

January 3, 2015

The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) (See 18 U.S.C. § 1030) is a law that, generally, prohibits intentionally accessing a computer, without authorization (or exceeding authorized access), and obtaining information from a protected computer. Breadth Because of the manner it was written and interpreted, the CFAA governs much of our regular online activity. As summarized above, the CFAA […]

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