Recently I wrote each member of Vermont’s congressional delegation, Senators Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders and Congressman Peter Welch, regarding Aaron’s Law, a proposed bill named in memory of the late Aaron Swartz that would implement critical changes to the notorious Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) (18 U.S.C. 1030). As usual, Senator Leahy responded quickly and with meat:
Dear Dr. Erickson:
Thank you for contacting me about the need to reform the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA). I appreciate your writing to me about this pressing issue.
As technologies evolve, we in Congress must keep working to ensure that laws keep pace with the technologies of today. I have made this issue a priority in the past, and will continue to push for such balanced reforms as we begin our work in the 113th Congress.
Again, thank for you contacting me, and please keep in touch.
United States Senator
Thanks again for your great service to Vermont and the United States, Sen. Leahy!
- Stephanie Francis Ward, Hacker’s Hell: Many want to narrow the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. abajournal.com (01 May 2013)
- Zoe Lofgren and Ron Wyden, Introducing Aaron’s Law, a Desperately Needed Reform of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Wired.com (20 June 2013).
- Text of Aaron’s Law Act of 2013. (20 June 2013)
- Detailed summary of Aaron’s Law. (20 June 2013)