9th Circ. Says CFAA Doesn't Apply To Worker Data Theft

Law360, New York (April 10, 2012, 6:02 PM EDT) -- The Ninth Circuit on Tuesday refused to reinstate Computer Fraud and Abuse Act charges against a man who allegedly stole trade secrets from his old company, finding the CFAA applies to hackers and not to employees who violate private computer use policies.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in an en banc opinion held that the at-issue language of the CFAA is limited to violations of restrictions on access to information, and not restrictions on its use.

Because the man's accomplices had permission...
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