Do You Need a Computer Fraud Lawyer?
Have you been accused of computer fraud or improperly accessing your employer’s computer system?
- Has your former employer filed a suit against you alleging that you failed to return electronics or devices?
- Is your employer using you as a scapegoat for its own failure to maintain proper security or controls on its electronic systems?
- Is your career under threat because you properly accessed data on your employer’s systems, but your employer is now trying to use that access against you?
The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) was originally intended to act as a criminal statute to strengthen U.S. cybersecurity. However, the inclusion of a right of action for those whose data is harmed has allowed employers to bring suits against employees for alleged harm to the employer’s data or computer systems. In particular, because the “harm” under the statute may include loss of business or good will, employers have sought to use this tool to bring cases against employees based on non-compete and trade secret issues.