The Computer Fraud And Abuse Act

897 WordsMay 4, 20164 Pages
The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act does have is befits when protecting people though. The act itself is completely necessary and has made the United states a safer place. The act protects user information from companies and hackers. In September of 2000 America Online won its case against the National Health Care Discount corporation for violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. The National Health Care Discount corporation hired emailers to send bulk emails to the internet service provider America Online’s customers. The National Health Care Discount corporation illegally took the emails form the ISP’s database and tried to sell their product through sending ads to those emails. The National Health Care Discount corporation was found guilty of two charges. The corporation was “liable for trespass to chattels and violation of Virginia Computer Crimes Act (VCCA) and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA)” (Samson) based upon acts of e-mailers. The case was a large win for people against companies who are gathering and sending data with unauthorized access. The act ended up protecting people from future scams or spam and protected their email addresses from other people or corporations. The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act is in desperate need of improvement and reform. The act has been used to protect companies and people alike but has recently been abused multiple times. The lines between a misdemeanor and federal crime are nonexistent. In most cases murder is let off
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