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Why Don't they add every other "vaguely" written law enacted during the so called "war on terrorism to the list of changes????????? These loose law were written this way for a reason imo. Maybe not this specific law, but you get the picture....

"According to Rep. Lofgren, the US government could make great strides in lessening the odds of another hacker suicide should they decide to make changes to the CFAA, a legislation first passed in 1986 that is largely considered antiquated by today’s technology standards.
“The government was able to bring such disproportionate charges against Aaron because of the broad scope of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) and the wire fraud statute. It looks like the government used the vague wording of those laws to claim that violating an online service’s user agreement or terms of service is a violation of the CFAA and the wire fraud statute,” she wrote.

“Using the law in this way could criminalize many everyday activities and allow for outlandishly severe penalties,” Lofgren said.

In a Reddit post that has since spawned over 100 comments from users of the site, Lofgren links to her proposal — an amendment to the CFAA that would “exclude certain violations of agreements or contractual obligations, relating to Internet service, from the purview of certain criminal prohibitions.”

The changes, though minor, could make a world of difference, says the lawmaker. But while it is indeed a step towards the right direction in terms of avoiding another tragedy, some say Lofgren’s attempt is not enough to end the government’s witch-hunt against alleged criminals.
"It’s a great first step," Marcia Hoffman of the Electronic Frontier Foundation tells Forbes, "But if it’s trying to make sure what happened to Aaron can’t happen to someone else, it needs to do more."

In the article, penned by Forbes’ Andy Greenberg, both Hoffman and technology attorney Tor Ekeland suggest that the overly vague verbiage in the CFAA allows for the government to go after all too many targets."
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