Researchers' Challenge To Anti-Hacking Law Kept Alive

By Ben Kochman (April 2, 2018, 8:26 PM EDT) -- A D.C. federal judge has kept alive a claim by a group of university professors and journalists that a federal anti-hacking law unconstitutionally bars their research into whether hiring websites that use online algorithms discriminate against job applicants.

The researchers have a valid case that the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, which could bar their studies for breaching the hiring sites' terms of service, violates free speech protections, U.S. District Judge John D. Bates wrote late Friday. The research includes creating accounts for nonexistent users to test whether hiring websites' ranking algorithms — which harness "big data" analytics that can track...

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