On October 6, 2017, Deputy Attorney General of the United States Rod J. Rosenstein announced that the Department of Justice (DOJ) is actively reviewing a wide range of existing corporate enforcement policies. In a speech delivered at New York University School of Law’s Program on Corporate Compliance and Enforcement, Rosenstein unveiled a plan to review and reconsider existing DOJ policies, and to consolidate policies in official sources like the US Attorneys’ Manual, which provides formal guidance to all DOJ prosecutors. This represents a departure from DOJ’s approach in recent years, and may result in significant changes to DOJ policy in a number of areas. This article summarizes Rosenstein’s remarks, notes related DOJ developments, and discusses possible implications for corporate enforcement. Continue reading
Courtesy of Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Criminal Division
Originally published on Justice Blogs – October 25, 2016
As computers play an ever-greater role in our lives and cybercrime becomes both more commonplace and more devastating, the need for robust criminal enforcement of effective computer crime laws will only become more important. As we’ve said in public remarks last year, we urgently need targeted updates to the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act that will help the department protect our privacy and security online. A number of recent prosecutions have demonstrated our commitment and success in bringing significant prosecutions under these vital statutes. Prosecutors in U.S. Attorney’s Offices across the country, in conjunction with the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section (CCIPS) in Washington, have brought cases against hackers and carders like Roman Seleznev and Marcel Lazar and cyberstalkers and sextortionists like Ryan Vallee and Michael Ford, and have conducted challenging and cutting-edge cybercrime operations, such as the takedown of the Darkode hacking forum last year.
It is, of course, not enough to have effective laws; those laws must also be enforced responsibly and consistently. Continue reading