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Happy 30th Birthday to the Awful Computer Fraud and Abuse Act: A Future Tense Event Recap

In 1986, back in the days of briefcase-sized cellphones and book-sized Walkman Personal Stereos, Congress passed the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act to protect privacy and infrastructure in a new technological age. The legislation was intended to target computer crimes—like unauthorized access to networks, theft of computer software, and internet fraud. But 30 years later, it’s woefully out of date and written in a way that leaves a lot of room for interpretation, creating confusion about what’s legal and what’s not.
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