ICYMI #22: CFAA & Password Sharing – Jamie Lee Williams (EFF)

ICYMI #22: CFAA & Password Sharing – Jamie Lee Williams (EFF)

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Jerod interviews Jamie Lee Williams, legal fellow with the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) about the expansive Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA). A recent ruling by Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals criminalized password sharing under the CFAA. This episode covers the security research implications, problems that could arise, and much more.

As Williams wrote “EFF has long warned, read broadly, the CFAA can be used to turn millions of ordinary computer users into criminals. This leaves innocent people to only hope that a prosecutor will not decide to throw a book at them, as they’ve been know to do in CFAA cases. Carmen Ortiz, a federal prosecutor, did exactly that to our friend Aaron Swartz. This threat underscores both the need for courts to course correct—to narrowly interpret the statute’s overbroad language—or, alternatively, for Congress to step in and clarify the vague terms.”

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