Voatz, a purveyor of online
voating voting apps (and which is partially owned by overstock.com), urges Supreme Court to limit independent security research and testing of its products, saying that such unexpected/unauthorized research can "...cause harmful effects."
"We would prefer that the general public not be allowed to look too closely at our voting software and methods, only people safely bound to us with NDAs ."...no narrowing of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) is necessary in order to ensure the security of computer applications and systems by permitting unauthorized “independent research.” Rather, the necessary research and testing can be performed by authorized parties. [...] Voatz’s own security experience provides a helpful illustration of the benefits of authorized security research, and also shows how unauthorized research and public dissemination of unvalidated or theoretical security vulnerabilities can actually cause harmful effects.