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It’s Time to Reform the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act


 Aaron Swartz, the Internet activist who committed suicide in January.

Aarons Law, a bill introduced in June by Rep. Zoe Lofgren (DCA) and Sen. Ron Wyden (DOR), would remove some computer activities from coverage under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, and limit prosecution of certain CFAA violations.

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This year the U.S. Congress is considering changes to the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), the primary law that governs cyber crime and fraud on the Internet. The act, originally passed in 1986, was aimed at providing a measure of security for computers against unauthorized access to large, time-shared computers.

Legitimate users of the Tor anonymous browsing service are being advised to stop using Windows if they want to keep their identity hidden.

 

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