Why It's Important to Call Your Representative About CFAA Reform and Aaron's Law
This week, EFF and a bipartisan coalition of organizations are calling for a Week of Action to reform the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act—the law used in the aggressive prosecution of Aaron Swartz and that could potentially be used to turn every Internet user into a criminal.
Since Aaron's death, EFF has proposed changes that would reform the CFAA and bring it into the 21st Century. Unfortunately, the House Justiciary committee has proposed radical changes to the CFAA that would seek to increase penalties, expand the law, and criminalize new actions.
This week, we have a Twitter tool which you can use to express your support for reform and an action center which allows you to easily find your representative and email them. But if you live in one of the following districts, you can have even more impact by calling your representative on the phone.
We've heard from multiple sources in Congress that the most effective action taken during the SOPA protest in January 2012 was the massive numbers of people who called into Congress to express their concern. During that week of action, the phone lines in Congress were temporarily overwhelmed from call volume and had to be shut down. This sent a powerful message to those who were considering voting against Internet freedom.
Here are some talking points for you to mention during the phone call:
Hello, my name is [YOUR NAME] and I am a constituent of the Representative.
I think the recent proposed changes by the House Judiciary committee to the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act are a bad idea, and I hope the representative will stand against them.
- No more criminal penalties for violating a website's fine print
- No criminal penalties for circumvention techniques that protect privacy and promote security and
- Penalties proportionate to offenses
Thank you for your consideration.
Find your state in the list below to get the phone numbers for your Representative.
Help us spread the word!
Once you’ve called your Representative, there are still more steps you can take to fight the House Judiciary Committee changes. Tell your friends, in person or on Twitter, and ask them to call their representative. And if you haven’t yet used our action alert, act now to e-mail your legislators.
|Alabama-6||Spencer Bachus||(202) 225-4921|
|Arizona-8||Trent Franks||(202) 225-4576|
|California-37||Karen Bass||(202) 225-7084|
|California-27||Judy Chu||(202) 225-5464|
|California-49||Darrell Issa||(202) 225-3906|
|California-19||Zoe Lofgren||(202) 225-3072|
|Florida-26||Joe Garcia||(202) 225-2778|
|Florida-6||Ron DeSantis||(202) 225-2706|
|Florida-21||Ted Deutch||(202) 225-3001|
|Georgia-9||Doug Collins||(202) 225-9893|
|Georgia-4||Hank Johnson||(202) 225-1605|
|Iowa-4||Steve King||(202) 225-4426|
|Idaho-1||Raul Labrador||(202) 225-6611|
|Illinois-4||Luis Gutierrez||(202) 225-8203|
|Louisiana-2||Cedric Richmond||(202) 225-6636|
|Michigan-13||John Conyers||(202) 225-5126|
|Nevada-2||Mark Amodei||(202) 225-6155|
|North Carolina-6||Howard Coble||(202) 225-3065|
|North Carolina-13||George Holding||(202) 225-3032|
|North Carolina-12||Mel Watt||(202) 225-1510|
|New York-10||Jerrold Nadler||(202) 225-5635|
|New York-8||Hakeem Jeffries||(202) 225-5936|
|Ohio-1||Steve Chabot||(202) 225-2216|
|Ohio-4||Jim Jordan||(202) 225-2676|
|Pennsylvania-10||Tom Marino||(202) 225-3731|
|Pennsylvania-12||Keith Rothfus||(202) 225-2065|
|Puerto Rico-At Large||Pedro Pierlusi||(202) 225-2615|
|South Carolina-4||Trey Gowdy||(202) 225-6030|
|Tennessee-9||Steve Cohen||(202) 225-3265|
|Texas-27||Blake Farenthold||(202) 225-3265|
|Texas-1||Louie Gohmert||(202) 225-7742|
|Texas-8||Sheila Jackson-Lee||(202) 225-3816|
|Texas-2||Ted Poe||(202) 225-6565|
|Texas-21||Lamar S. Smith||(202) 225-4236|
|Utah-3||Jason Chaffetz||(202) 225-7751|
|Virginia-4||Randy Forbes||(202) 225-6365|
|Virginia-6||Bob Goodlatte||(202) 225-5431|
|Virginia-3||Bobby Scott||(202) 225-8351|
|Washington-1||Suzan Delbene||(202) 225-6311|
|Wisconsin-5||Jim Sensenbrenner||(202) 225-5101|