U.S. Supreme Court Will Finally Weigh In on Scope of Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

The National Law Review

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether it is a violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) when an individual who is authorized to access information on a computer accesses the same information for an improper purpose. Van Buren v. United States, No. 19-783.

The CFAA imposes both criminal and civil liability on an individual who intentionally accesses a computer “without authorization” or “exceeds authorized access” and, thereby, obtains information from the computer.

“Without authorization” is not defined in the statute.

The statute defines “exceeds authorized access” to mean accessing a computer with authorization and using the access to obtain or...

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