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Senior Trial Counsel Ben Clark was quoted June 3 by Law360 concerning the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Van Buren v. U.S., which limits the reach of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA). The high court found that a Georgia police officer did not commit a felony by overstepping his authorized access to state law enforcement records. This could make it more difficult to prosecute government officials or corporate employees who abuse access technically unauthorized information. Clark said nothing in the ruling should stop employers or internet providers from imposing rules barring the unauthorized use of information gleaned through authorized access, even if “users cannot be subjected to the relevant criminal provisions of the CFAA on that basis alone.”

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