The Ninth Circuit Holds That Internet Browsing At Work Is Not A Federal Crime

In a decision that should give many employees a sigh of relief, the Ninth Circuit has held that browsing the Internet in contravention of an employer’s use restrictions does not give rise to criminal penalties under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) 18 U.S.C. § 1030.  In United States v. Nosal, No. 10-10038, 2012 U.S. App. LEXIS 7151 (April 10, 2012), Nosal — a former employee for the Korn/Ferry executive search firm — was prosecuted for violating the CFAA by convincing fellow employees to use their log-in credentials to download customer information from a confidential database on the company’s   Read More »

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