EFF amicus curiae on using an authorized user’s credentials with their permission
Thu 11 Dec 2014, 16:00

EFF tells an US district court ruled that the act of using someone else’s computer login credentials, even with their knowledge and permission, is a federal crime. The case was appealed and EFF filed an amicus brief in support, explaining why applying the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) is dangerous. First, CFAA prosecutions should be focused on hacking: keeping unwanted and unauthorized people from intruding into computer space. Second, using an authorized user’s credentials with their permission is not circumventing a technological access barrier.