These days, Americans must count on the courts to uphold their rights and freedoms.
Because we can’t count on Congress or the White House for that!
And some of the biggest cases are being decided right now by the Supreme Court. The highest court has agreed to hear issues that will touch every American.
One, however, might not get a lot of press. But the ruling could impact everyone who uses a computer on a daily basis.
And, for the first time, all three of Trump’s justices sided with the liberal wing of the court.
From Daily Wire:
In a 6-to-3 decision, the Supreme Court massively restricted the scope of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986, a federal anti-hacking law.
As reported by The Washington Post, “the majority of justices [said] the government’s ‘breathtaking’ interpretation of the statute could make criminals of ‘millions of otherwise law-abiding citizens.’”…
Those in favor of narrowing its reading argue in favor of protecting workers “who used their company laptops for activities such as checking social media or shopping for shoes,” as well as whistleblowers who could be prevented from exposing “wrongdoing.”
The Supreme Court ruled 6-3 to narrow the reading of a 1983 law that criminalized fraud and abuse on computers.
It seems that the law prohibits a person from accessing “a computer with authorization and to use such access to obtain or alter information in the computer that the accesser is not entitled so to obtain or alter.”
If that sounds a bit vague to you in this day and age, you’re not alone. It seems that the court was worried a broad interpretation of this law would make “millions” of Americans criminals.
Some companies might try to punish employees who use their work laptops to do harmless things such as shopping online or updating Facebook.
In more serious circumstances, an employee could face jail time, if they use their computers for whistleblowing purposes.
The court decided to limit the scope of the law to only content a user does not have access to. By doing so, they are protecting Americans who do not intend on breaking the law.
What’s even more amazing about this decision is that all three of Trump’s Supreme Court justices sided with the three liberal justices of the court.
Those dissenting were, in fact, the three conservative justices Alito, Roberts, and Thomas.
What an odd mismatch of justices. Just goes to show that Supreme Court cases are not always on ideological lines—and it should make liberals think twice about packing the court to get what they want.
Source: Daily Wire