NYSBA Privacy Litigation Committee To Begin with Focus on SCOTUS Van Buren CFAA Decision

June 24, 2021 in Firm News, Tech Law

Earlier in June, the United States Supreme Court significantly narrowed the scope of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAA”) (18 U.S.C. § 1030(a)(2)) in Van Buren v. United States holding that a law enforcement officer, when overstepping his “authorized access” to government records, did not violate the CFAA. Specifically, the decision states: “…an individual ‘exceeds authorized access’ when he accesses a computer with authorization but then obtains information located in particular areas of the computer—such as files, folders, or databases—that are off limits to him. The parties agree that Van Buren accessed the law enforcement database system with authorization.”

On July 22, 2021 Peter J. Pizzi and Joseph Facciponte, co-chairs of the Privacy Data Security and Information Technology Litigation Committee of the NYSBA Commercial & Federal Litigation Section, will hold a first meeting of the rebranded committee and will provide insights on what’s left for employers after Van Buren anxious to protect proprietary business information using the CFAA and other federal enactments.

Peter PizziFor more information on this decision and how to join the NYSBA’S committee meeting, please contact Peter J. Pizzi at [email protected] or (973)757-1011.