Reuters reports the Supreme Court of the United States overturned a violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, placing limits on what types of activities the law covers. Justices voted 6-3 in favor of overturning a lower court ruling against former police officer Nathan Van Buren, who used his access to a government database to uncover the identity of an individual. Justice Amy Coney Barrett wrote, "This provision covers those who obtain information from particular areas in the computer — such as files, folders or databases — to which their computer access does not extend. It does not cover those who, like Van Buren, have improper motives for obtaining information that is otherwise available to them." Editor's note: IAPP Westin Fellows Nicole Sakin and Sarah Rippy recently discussed why a lack of a U.S. federal privacy law has led to a problematic application of the CFAA.
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