The Software IP Report

CFAA – “without authorization” and “exceed authorized access”

By Charles Bieneman

Categories: Miscellaneous, The Software IP Report

This blog has previously covered the division of authority concerning how to interpret “without authorization” and “exceed authorized access” under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, 18 USC § 1030.  Does the CFAA merely prohibit logging in to a system one is not authorized to access, or does the CFAA impose liability on those who use their authorized access in unauthorized ways?  The Findlaw site has a nice write-up on the circuit split that has evolved over the last few years on this issue.  It is a good summary if you need to research this topic.