A cybersecurity law in front of the Supreme Court could have Americans reconsidering sharing their Netflix password.
The court began hearing arguments in Van Buren v. United States on Monday, where justices will decide just what “unauthorized use” of a computer means in the 1986 Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. The case involves a former police sergeant who shared license plate data with an acquaintance, but supporters of the plaintiff warn the Supreme Court’s interpretation of the law could have far broader consequences.
Even though the CFAA was enacted well before the current internet era, it still governs “unauthorized” access to a computer or network, TechCrunch describes. In this case, former police sergeant Nathan Van Buren was found guilty of violating the CFAA because he did not use the data for its authorized purpose. The Supreme Court is set to interpret just what “unauthorized” access really means.
Pfefferkorn’s colleague Jeff Fisher, who is representing Van Buren, was sure to note in his briefs how the Supreme Court could end up opening a can of worms for Tinder and its 5’11” clientele. Kathryn Krawczyk
Could lying on your Tinder profile be a federal crime? Under the government’s interpretation of the Computer Fraud & Abuse Act in a case being argued at SCOTUS today, the answer might actually be yes. For a certain segment of 5’11” guys, here’s the key excerpt from the briefs: pic.twitter.com/LGH9CLQ4GB
— James Romoser (@jamesromoser) November 30, 2020