Amicus Brief of Professor Orin S. Kerr in Van Buren v. United States

U.S. Supreme Court, No. 19-973, 2020

35 Pages Posted: 13 Aug 2020

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Orin S. Kerr

University of California, Berkeley School of Law

Date Written: July 8, 2020

Abstract

In Van Buren v. United States, the U.S. Supreme Court will weigh in on the proper scope of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. The petitioner, Van Buren, was a police officer who accessed a sensitive government database for improper purposes despite an imposed rule that the database could be accessed only for law enforcement purposes. The question in the case is whether Van Buren's violating this rule exceeded his authorized access under the CFAA. Professor Kerr's amicus brief offers five points of context in support of reversal.

Keywords: CFAA, Computer Crime

JEL Classification: K1, K14

Suggested Citation

Kerr, Orin S., Amicus Brief of Professor Orin S. Kerr in Van Buren v. United States (July 8, 2020). U.S. Supreme Court, No. 19-973, 2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3650481

Orin S. Kerr (Contact Author)

University of California, Berkeley School of Law ( email )

Boalt Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-7200
United States

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