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Federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act Lawyer

Federal Computer Fraud Lawyer

Representing Clients in Actions Under the CFAA, SCA, and COPPA in Florida and Nationwide

The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) has been in existence since the mid-1980s, and it has been amended several times over the years to keep up with the ever-evolving digital world. The CFAA is one of the primary federal statutes used to pursue hacking and digital torts claims. Other important federal laws that cover illegal online activities include the Stored Communications Act (SCA) and Children's Online Privacy Act (COPPA).

At Nelson Cyber Law, we have extensive knowledge of the laws related to hacking and other forms of computer fraud and abuse. Attorney John Nelson has worked with numerous plaintiffs and defendants in actions under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, Stored Communications Act, and Children's Online Privacy Act. John has both a legal and technical background, and he works closely with his clients to put them in a strong position to obtain a favorable result.

The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA)

The CFAA is a federal anti-hacking law that makes it illegal to obtain unauthorized access of a computer connected to the Internet. There are seven specific prohibitions that are covered by this Act:

  • Trespassing on a U.S. Government computer and/or interfering with U.S. Government operations;
  • Obtaining unauthorized access to national security information that is stored on a U.S. Government computer;
  • Compromising the confidentiality of sensitive information; e.g., credit, financial, or federal government data;
  • Accessing a protected computer system/network with the intention of defrauding and/or obtaining something of value;
  • Trafficking in stolen passwords;
  • Damaging a computer or electronically stored information; and
  • Threatening to damage a computer or access sensitive information (e.g., extortion).

A "protected computer" is defined under the CFAA as one used by (or for) a financial institution, the U.S. Government, or within interstate or foreign commerce or communication. The scope of the CFAA was widely expanded in 1996 with the addition of computers used in "interstate or foreign commerce or communication." Because of the way that most individuals and organizations use their computers, tablets, cell phones, and other Web-driven devices, virtually all such devices could be considered "protected" under the CFAA.

The Stored Communications Act (SCA)

The SCA protects personal information that is stored by electronic communication service providers, such as Internet service providers (ISPs), e-mail providers, cloud-based storage systems, and even social media platforms such as Facebook. While the CFAA deals with unauthorized access to computers, the SCA covers the unauthorized access of online platforms that store electronic communications.

The Children's Online Privacy Act (COPPA)

COPPA applies to the online collection of the information of children under the age of 13. The law applies to commercial website operators and app developers who cater to this demographic, and it lays out the details that must be included in their privacy policies, the procedures for obtaining verifiable consent of a parent or guardian, and other responsibilities. Compliance with COPPA is critical for any organization that deals with children under age 13 online, and violations of the act can incur heavy fines from the FTC.

Speak with a Computer Fraud and Abuse Act Lawyer

If you believe that your organization may have a civil claim under the CFAA, SCA, or COPPA, or you are concerned about ensuring compliance with these acts, Nelson Cyber Law can help. Attorney John Nelson understands these laws, and he puts his unique skillset to work to give his clients the strong representation that they deserve. He offers reasonable rates, and he provides a free, initial 30-minute consultation to assess your case. To set up your personalized consultation, contact our office today at 1-800-440-5536.

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