Zoe Lofgren and Ron Wyden formally introduce Aaron's Law, a CFAA reform bill

"Aaron Swartz was not the first or the last victim of overzealous prosecution under the CFAA," write Democratic Representative from California Zoe Lofgren and Ron Wyden, a Democratic Senator from Oregon. "That’s why we’re authoring bipartisan legislation — which, with the permission of Aaron Swartz’s family, we call 'Aaron’s Law' — in the House and Senate to begin the process of updating the CFAA." [Wired Opinion]


  1. I am a degreed data processing professional with 30 years experience designing computer systems used in commerce.  The newly proposed version of Aaron’s law is dangerous to all of us.  It intends to authorize professional abuse of computer systems committed by data processing professionals as the primary purpose hidden within the proposed bill.  The new bill shields corrupt systems administrators from prosecution and civil penalty (so a citizen cannot sue for damages caused by claim of professional crime).  It is a seriously flawed proposal.  No one, especially systems experts placed in a position of authority, are allowed to damage systems in order to generate profit therefrom under the current version of this law.  In it’s present form, the law works both ways to protect all of us (administrators AND systems participants) from abuse, particularly for vital legacy systems (mortgage, banking, financial systems) and not just for internet terms violations by end users, as touted by bill sponsors. For example, under the current version of this law, those who authorized the systems abuse leading to the mortgage collapse of 2008 are accountable.  If the proposed bill passes, it will merely legalize and greatly encourage similar abuse of our vital fincial systems by corrupt system managers ongoing.  — Robert Mann, AAS Data Processing, 1983

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