The stars are coming into alignment for a cert grant at the U.S. Supreme Court on a statute of interest to all employers: the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), which contains civil and criminal penalties when someone accesses a person’s computer “without authorization or exceeds authorized access. . . .”

What exactly do these seemingly simple phrases mean? The answer is of import to employers when an employee swipes confidential information stored in its computer system and hustles with it over to a competitor.

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