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Employee violation of employer computer use policy can support CFAA criminal charge

  • Proskauer Rose LLP
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  • USA
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  • May 5 2011

An employee's violation of an employer's computer use policy can support a criminal charge of exceeding authorized access under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, a district court ruled

Programmer's computer access to steal employer's stock trading code not "unauthorized" under CFAA

  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • January 11 2011

A programmer charged with stealing computer source code for a high-speed stock trading platform from his employer in order to benefit one of its competitors did not access the firm's computer network without authorization, or in excess of his authorization, within the meaning of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, a district court ruled

Use of e-mail client rule to acquire copies of e-mail messages violates Wiretap Act

  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • January 11 2011

An employee who accessed the rule function on his supervisor's e-mail account in order to have copies of the supervisor's e-mail messages forwarded to him violated the provisions of the Wiretap Act that prohibit intentional interception of an electronic communication, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled

No Fourth Amendment violation in government employer review of employee text messages

  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • July 29 2010

A municipality did not violate an employee's privacy rights when it reviewed text messages on an employer-supplied pager in order to determine whether it was providing sufficient character limits to its employees under its contract with the wireless services provider, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled

Labor union e-mail campaign did not violate CFAA

  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • July 29 2010

A labor union that posted a pre-addressed form e-mail on its Web site, enabling union supporters to e-mail an employer with a pro-union message with "the click of a few buttons," and that allegedly encouraged supporters to inundate the employer's e-mail system with messages, did not violate the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, a district court ruled

U.S. Supreme Court grants petition for certiorari in Quon v. Arch Wireless case involving employee communications claim under Stored Communications Act

  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • April 14 2010

The U.S. Supreme Court granted the petition for certiorari filed by the employer in a case involving the privacy of employee communications under the Stored Communications Act provisions of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act

Employee access to computer network in furtherance of criminal fraud “exceeds authorized access” under CFAA

  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • April 14 2010

An employee who accessed financial data on her employer's computer network in violation of official policy in order to perpetrate a criminal scheme exceeded her authorized access to the network within the meaning of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled

Rule of lenity limits criminal prosecution under Computer Fraud and Abuse Act for acts of employee disloyalty

  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • April 14 2010

The rule of lenity limits prosecution of an allegedly disloyal former employee on the theory that his access to his employer's computer network was "without authorization" or "exceeded authorized access" within the meaning of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, a district court ruled