Internet Activist's Suicide May Take Teeth Out Of Hacker Law

By Allison Grande (January 16, 2013, 10:11 PM EST) -- Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., moved Tuesday to narrow the scope of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act in the wake of the controversial criminal prosecution and suicide of Internet activist Aaron Swartz, but attorneys believe her proposal goes too far and would restrict companies' ability to target employees and clients who misuse their sensitive data.

Citing a desire to "prevent what happened to Aaron from happening to other Internet users," Lofgren posted to Reddit, a social news website Swartz co-founded, a discussion draft of legislation that would amend the CFAA as well as a wire fraud statute to exempt violations of...

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