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Fourth Circuit Removes Powerful Weapon From Employer’s Arsenal

As I have previously written, several courts have allowed employers to assert claims against former employees under the Computer Fraud & Abuse Act (CFAA), 18 U.S.C. § 1030.  That statute, which was originally enacted to combat computer hackers, imposes civil and criminal penalties when someone accesses a person’s computer “without authorization” or in excess of “authorized access.”  It is a favorite of employers because it provides federal court jurisdiction and potentially exposes employees to criminal penalties. Courts allowing a CFAA claim against disloyal employees have reasoned that, when a soon-to-be former employee accesses company information for his or her personal …

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