United States v. Valle

Brief of Amici Curiae Electronic Frontier Foundation, Center for Democracy & Technology, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and Scholars in Support of Defendant-Appellant Gilberto Valle.

Brief filed: 03/09/2015


United States v. Valle

2nd Circuit Court of Appeals; Case No. 14-4396-cr

Prior Decision

Decision below 301 F.R.D. 53 (S.D.N.Y. 2014), Case No. 1:12-cr-00847-PGG-1.


The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) does not prohibit violations of computer use restrictions. The CFAA was meant to target “hacking,” not violations of computer use restrictions. This case presents a mere use restriction. The District Court’s broad reading of the CFAA renders it unconstitutionally vague. Corporate policies do not provide sufficient notice of what conduct is prohibited. Allowing CFAA liability for mere use restrictions turns a vast number of ordinary individuals into criminals.

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Hanni Fakhoury, Jamie L. Williams, Electronic Frontier Foundation, San Francisco, CA; Richard D. Willstatter, White Plains, NY.