Bloomberg Law
April 20, 2020, 1:42 PMUpdated: April 20, 2020, 6:54 PM

High Court to Hear Case Testing Scope of Anti-Hack Law (1)

Jon Reid
Jon Reid

The U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether people who misuse their authorized computer access can be held liable under an anti-hacking law.

The high court agreed to hear an Eleventh Circuit ruling on an appeal from a police officer who was charged with violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act for looking up a strip club dancer’s license plate number.

The court’s eventual ruling may have broad consequences for how website owners, employers, and prosecutors can pursue criminal and civil computer hacking and fraud cases.

Its ruling could also clarify an appeals court split on interpreting the law. The First, ...

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