Computer Abuse and Data Recovery Act (“CADRA”) Task Force

Robert Kain


What is CADRA

The Computer Abuse and Data Recovery Act (CADRA), Fla. Stat. § 668.801, was signed into law by Governor Scott on May 14, 2015 [click for a .pdf of CADRA]. After approval by the Business Law Section, CADRA was introduced into the Florida Legislature by Sen. Hukill (Ocala) and Rep. Spano (Riverview).

The Act was a result of nearly 20 meetings over a 2 ½ year period with members of the Computer Law, Intellectual Property and Business Litigation Committees. Robert Kainspearheaded the Task Force to draft and hone the proposed legislation, with support from many members of these committees, including, in alphabetical order:
Kimberly Bursum
Michael Chesal
Jude Cooper
Ury Fischer
Larry Kunin
Russ Landy
Sam Lewis
Jim Murphy
Andy Ostrow
Woody Pollack
Joel Rothman
Mark Stein
Dineen Wasylik

The Computer Abuse and Data Recovery Act (CADRA) protects owners, operators and lessees of protected computers and owners of information stored in protected computers from hackers and others who misappropriate passwords or override technologic access barriers in protected computers.  CADRA is limited to business operations using protected computers which store business information.  “Protected computers” are computers which are password protected or which utilize technological access barriers such as security codes, security tokens, key fobs or other access control devices for hardware, software or digital information.  Further details of the Act, please see the enclosed White Paper presented to the Business Law Section.