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Americans for Prosperity Foundation files Supreme Court amicus brief arguing computer

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Americans for Prosperity Foundation files Supreme Court amicus brief arguing computer

07.08.20 12:57 PM

Today, Americans for Prosperity’s sister organization, Americans for Prosperity Foundation, filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in Van Buren v. United States. The brief asks the Court to interpret a federal anti-computer-hacking statute, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), in a commonsense way that avoids criminalizing the day-to-day actions of millions of unsuspecting Americans. In plain English, the CFAA does not, and was not intended to: Criminalize fudging details about one’s age or employment history on social networking sites in violation of the fine print in website terms of service Checking a sports score or a personal email on a work computer in violation of an applicable computer-use policy Or other garden-variety breaches of contract involving a computer or smart phone that happens to be connected to the Internet. Americans for Prosperity Foundation also urged the Court to construe the CFAA consistent with the U.S. Constitution. Criminalizing violations of the fine-print legalese in website terms of service, company computer-use policies —documents most people are only dimly aware of and likely have never read — without any requirement of a culpable intent would violate the Fifth Amendment’s Due Process Clause. In addition, allowing private parties to create […]

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