On Monday, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Van Buren v. United States, a criminal case about a federal antihacking law that could have far-reaching implications for workers’ rights.
The case centers around Nathan Van Buren, a former Georgia police sergeant who was convicted of felony computer fraud in violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA). Van Buren was accused of extracting a $6,000 payment to run a license plate search to find out whether a strip club dancer was actually an undercover officer.
An Atlanta federal judge ruled in October 2017 that Van Buren violated the CFAA when he accessed the Georgia Crime Information Center for an improper purpose. Two years later, the Eleventh Circuit Court