The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) has reached a breaking point. The much-discussed issue is whether the CFAA provides a cause of action against persons who use electronic information in a way that violates a relevant computer-use policy. Four circuit courts of appeals have held that the CFAA provides a cause of action for misuses of information, while two have disagreed. In two undecided circuits, the district courts have favored the latter interpretation. As the Supreme Court recently refused to address the issue, these two undecided circuits will play a pivotal role in determining the direction of the CFAA.
Robert D. Sowell,
Misuse of Information Under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act: On What Side of the Circuit Split Will the Second and Third Circuits Wind Up?,
66 Fla. L. Rev.
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