Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit issued a decision regarding the scope of liability under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAA”), and sided with the Ninth Circuit in adopting a narrow reading of the statute. In affirming dismissal, the Fourth Circuit adopted “a narrow reading of the terms ‘without authorization’ and ‘exceeds authorized access’ and held that they apply only when an individual accesses a computer without permission or obtains or alters information on a computer beyond that which is authorized to access.” The Fourth Circuit further rejected any CFAA liability grounded on an agency theory, noting that such a theory for liability has far-reaching effects unintended by Congress.
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