Supreme Court Might Take Critical Look at Nation's Only Major Cybercrime Law
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The Supreme Court heard arguments yesterday about the scope of the 1986 Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), the nation’s only major cybercrime law that often results in extreme punishments for inadvertent acts such as checking social media in work environments. The case involves police officer Nathan Van Buren who was convicted under the CFAA for using his access to a license plate database to check whether a strip club dancer was an undercover officer in return for a loan from a man who turned out to be an FBI informant. Van Buren had permission to access the database and thus technically not i…
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