Once more out of the breach: SCOTUS resolves the CFAA circuit split

The United States Supreme Court took a narrow view of what the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (the federal anti-hacking act) prohibits.

  • SCOTUS ruled last week that the CFAA’s “exceed authorized access” language does not reach those who have authorized access but who use their access for prohibited purposes.
  • The ruling will likely be celebrated by cybersecurity practitioners but may prompt legislative reform from Congress.
  • Given the Department of Justice’s increasing focus on combatting cybercrime, staying abreast of developments in data protection will be ever more important in the coming months.

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