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Senators to DOJ: Need Clarification on CFAA

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

April 14, 2011

Sens. Al Franken (D-MN) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) have asked the Department of Justice to clarify its interpretation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) and to ensure that the department defines smartphones and other devices as "computers" under the law, StamfordPlus reports. "We write to the department to clarify how it determines the scope of authorization under the CFAA in the absence of a written policy or agreement addressing the issue...and further ask that the department communicate this interpretation to consumers, prosecutors and industry stakeholders," they wrote in a letter sent on Tuesday. They said the information will help consumers, industry and law enforcement. 
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