In the case of Van Buren vs. United States, the Supreme Court delivered a controversial interpretation of the CFAA, or the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. The CFAA is an anti-hacking statute, which broadly bans and imposes criminal penalties for accessing computers without authorization or accessing data in a way that exceeds authorization. But what exactly “exceeds authorized access”? The Supreme Court embraced a narrow reading of the law, redefining and restricting how far the CFAA liability extends.

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