ACCESSING FORMER EMPLOYER'S E-MAIL MAY VIOLATE THE U.S. STORED COMMUNICATIONS ACT

A United States federal district court held that intentionally accessing personal e-mails belonging to others may constitute a violation of the Stored Communications Act (SCA), 18 U.C.S.C. § 2701 et seq., basing its decision directly on the language of SCA.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

Why was Townsend not charged with a violation of the SCA?
What were Adams’ arguments in his defense and why were they rejected by the court?
What damages can be awarded for a violation of SCA § 2701?

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