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Nosal Appeal Could Extend Limits on Computer Hacking Law

EFF IN THE NEWS
October 27, 2015

Jamie Williams, a fellow at the Electronic Frontier Foundation said "in some sense, I think everyone should care" about the outcome of Nosal's appeal. EFF filed an amicus brief asking that Nosal's computer abuse conviction be overturned, but didn't take a position regarding the other charges.

Williams said that the law was drafted to apply to outside actors trying to gain access to a computer by working around technological barriers and that other statutes can be used against insiders who go rogue. If Nosal's conviction is allowed to stand, she said, it would make it a crime to use an authorized individual's password to access information, but asking that person to obtain the exact same information themselves would remain legal.

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