WASHINGTON, DC — June 20, 2013 —
BSA | The Software Alliance today expressed concern with legislation being introduced in the US House and Senate that would limit penalties for cybercrimes by narrowing the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA).
“Everyone agrees that lying about your age on Facebook shouldn’t be a felony, but ‘Aaron’s Law’ is a flawed solution to that problem,” said BSA Director of Government Relations Tim Molino. “Tying liability to theft that involves ‘knowingly circumventing technological or physical measures’ is out of step with the technology innovations driving today’s economy. It would compel many companies to erect new technical protection measures throughout their networks and support systems, reversing a trend that has contributed the growth of cloud computing, software as a service, and on-demand support. It is especially troubling at a time when hacking and intellectual property theft are rampant — weakening cybercrime laws would be like handing out keys to the castle.”