SCOTUS narrows scope of sweeping cybercrime law

Source: Politico

“The Supreme Court has sharply curtailed the scope of the nation’s main cybercrime law, limiting a tool that civil liberties advocates say federal prosecutors have abused by seeking prison time for minor computer misdeeds. The 6-3 decision handed down Thursday means federal prosecutors can no longer use the 1986 Computer Fraud and Abuse Act to charge people who misused databases they are otherwise entitled to access. … Past controversies involving the law included a two-year prison sentence for a journalist who helped hackers deface the Los Angeles Times’ website and, most notoriously, a prosecution that led to the suicide of a prominent internet freedom activist who faced the possibility of decades behind bars for downloading millions of scientific journal articles. The case decided on Thursday, Van Buren v. United States, involved a former police officer convicted of violating the CFAA for searching a license plate database in exchange for a bribe as part of an FBI sting operation.” (06/03/21)

https://www.politico.com/news/2021/06/03/supreme-court-cybercrime-law-491764