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Internet and Computing Legislation

Since the mid-1980s, there has been a variety of significant legislation in the United States related to the Internet and computers. This legislation addresses not only the improper use of computers but also different aspects of storing, transmitting, and accessing information via the Internet. This entry discusses the ethical implications arising from various examples of Internet and computing legislation enacted by the U.S. Congress and state legislatures. It will review the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), the Electronics Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), immunity under the Communications Decency Act (CDA), and state data breach legislation.

Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

The U.S. Congress enacted the CFAA in 1984 to criminalize unauthorized access to computers. The original purpose of the CFAA ...

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