The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1984 (CFAA) is a United States legislation aimed at curbing the cracking of computer systems and to address federal computer-related offenses. However, it has always been considered to be a troublesome law by various stakeholders in US.
Many lawyers and academics in the US have termed the CFAA as overly expansive and sweeping as it lets the government incarcerate any Internet user they want. It is also termed as one of the most outrageous criminal laws of US.
Now the House Judiciary Committee has proposed a number of expansions to the law in a new draft that may be considered by the in the middle of April. Among many additions, the new CFAA draft expands the number of ways a person could be prosecuted by punishing anyone who “conspires to commit” violations just like those that have already “completed” the offense.
The proposed legislation also mandates that even if you have the right to access the information in the first place, it is still considered a crime if someone deems you are misusing your access in some way.
According experts, the language in the new CFAA would make it a felony to “lie about your age on an online dating profile if you intended to contact someone online and ask them personal questions,” or if you violate the terms of service on a government website.