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What the Supreme Court’s decision on federal computer crime law means to you

For the technology enthusiasts among us, last week’s Supreme Court decision in Van Buren v. United States is one we shouldn’t soon forget. In a 6-3 opinion written by Justice Barrett, the Supreme Court reversed the decision of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, remanding the case for further proceedings. Nathan van Buren was a former Georgia police officer who was convicted under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) . The CFAA, 18 U.S. Code §1030, makes it a federal crime to access a computer without authorization or to exceed authorized access, and get any information in this way. Exceeding authorized access is defined in §1030(e)(6) as using authorized access to a computer to obtain or even alter information that the person with authorization is not entitled to.

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