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Ambrose McCall Calls for Congress to Reform Federal Anti-Hacking Laws

August 23, 2019

Hinshaw partner Ambrose McCall was quoted in an ABA Journal article titled "As federal anti-hacking law turns 35, its meaning, reach and effectiveness are still murky." The article discusses the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), a federal anti-hacking statute. The law's broad scope and lack of clarity has contributed to splits in the federal circuits and left many attorneys believing that the law "isn't right for its time, and maybe never was."

McCall argued that Congress should return to the drawing board and draft two separate anti-hacking laws, one for criminal prosecutions and one civil claims. "Until that occurs," he said, "the rule of lenity may incorrectly be applied to civil cases, which creates confusion and could be one reason for the current circuit split."

You can read the full article on the ABA Journal website

"As federal anti-hacking law turns 35, its meaning, reach and effectiveness are still murky," was published by the ABA Journal on August 19, 2019

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