CDT added its signature to a letter in response to Voatz’s recent SCOTUS brief advocating a broad interpretation of the CFAA. We join EFF, HackerOne, and Bugcrowd and many others in the security community to further support the amicus brief that CDT, EFF, and others filed with the U.S. Supreme Court in Van Buren v. United States arguing in favor of a narrow interpretation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) enacted in 1986. On the contrary, Voatz’s amicus brief repeatedly refers to independent good faith security research as a threat to cybersecurity, and glosses over legally relevant factors of the case. CDT remains firm that security research is vital to the public interest. In our own brief we state:
“Amici write to inform the Court of the vital role that security researchers play and to demonstrate how the CFAA has hindered their work. They urge the Court to adopt a narrow construction of the law consistent with Congress’s intent and to clarify that contravening written prohibitions on means of access is not a violation of the CFAA.”
Read the full letter and signatory list here.