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Ninth Circuit limits scope of computer fraud law

Steven M. Sellers

Employees can’t be criminally charged under the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act for misusing electronic data they were authorized to access through their jobs. The Ninth Circuit decision disagrees with three appellate courts but agrees with four district courts’ narrower view of the act’s reach. Garrett Wotkyns, a Scottsdale, Ariz., attorney who represents plaintiffs in business tort litigation, said that the opinion had significance beyond the CFAA and employment law.

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