Securing our digital infrastructure and sensitive information from malicious actors and data breach is critically important in the Digital Age. Government, the private business sector, and individual users all have important roles to play. It is equally critical, however, that our cybersecurity laws focus on true threats without invading personal privacy or criminalizing common Internet uses.
Ill-conceived laws that undermine technological progress not only fail us today, they can also become obstacles to the innovations of tomorrow. Zoe will seek to reform computer crime laws in ways that preserve individual privacy, curb over-criminalization of everyday behaviors, keep penalties proportional to violations, and do not create new vulnerabilities.
Please click on the following links to learn more about legislation Zoe has authored:
- The Election Secuity Act - H.R. 5011: this legislation would provide $1.8 billion for states such as California to replace aging, less secure voting machines with paper ballots, to secure their IT systems and voter databases, and train personnel on cybersecurity.
- Aaron’s Law – H.R.2454:This bipartisan legislation, named in honor of Aaron Swartz, clarifies that the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) does not criminalize mere violations of terms of service, website notices, and agreements. If enacted, it would bring greater balance to penalties under CFAA by curbing redundant charges and inflated sentencing.
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A House panel on Friday backed legislation to improve election security ahead of next year’s contests as Democrats press for shoring up the nation’s voting system after Russia interfered in the 2016 election.
On a party-line vote of 6 to 3, the House Administration Committee endorsed the Securing America’s Federal Elections (SAFE) Act of 2019, whose provisions would include mandating paper ballots that could be verified, providing $600 million in grant money to update voting equipment and establishing cybersecurity requirements for elections.
The 2020 election faces few campaign finance guardrails as the main enforcer of funding limits remains paralyzed by partisan rifts on how aggressively to enforce the law.
Federal Election Commission inaction means that dozens of candidates now running for president are freer to raise money for super PACs and other outside groups, in part because the commission didn’t clamp down on fundraising in the last presidential election. Super PACs can raise and spend unlimited amounts but are not supposed to coordinate their activities with candidates.
Full 5 minute clip of Zoe questioning Director Mueller during House Judiciary Committee's hearing examining Russian interference in U.S. elections on July 24, 2019: