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Patrick Hammon Considers Impact of Supreme Court’s Van Buren Decision

In his byline article for the National Law Journal, Partner Patrick Hammon examines the high court’s decision in Van Buren v. United States, which narrowed the scope of liability under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA).

The CFAA prohibits unauthorized access of protected computers owned by others.  The Supreme Court held the Act did not however prohibit unauthorized use of the computer, if access had been granted by the owner.  “The risk of civil or criminal liability under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act for personal use of professional systems and devices is now zero, according to the U.S. Supreme Court,” says Patrick in his breakdown of the 6-3 decision.

To read the full article, visit the National Law Journal.

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