Washington–A left-right group of NGOs and academics has issued a letter calling for Congress to narrow the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) before considering enhancements to penalties imposed under the Act. The letter, sent to Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA), was issued in anticipation of the September 7th Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on "Updating the [CFAA] to Protect Cyberspace and Combat Emerging Threats."
The letter points out that the CFAA is vague and overbroad:
Penalty enhancement under the CFAA is likely to be a focus of the Senate hearing because only Administration witnesses have been invited, and because the Administration made CFAA penalty enhancement its primary law enforcement recommendation in the cybersecurity area.