> Valle was also charged with violating the CFAA for accessing a police database to look up information about people without a valid law enforcement purpose, in violation of NYPD policy.
This is not a typical "employer policy". This a policy about access to sensitive private data that is only available to the government. Wouldn't you want improper access to such data punished?
Quote from the appeals court ruling: "Valle concedes that he violated the terms of his employment by putting his authorized computer access to personal use..."
It's easy enough to pass a law stating that the use of police databases for anything other than the pursuit of justice is a crime itself... But I'd rather have to go through the process of creating a specific law than to know a court upheld my employer's right to basically write criminal law into the same policy manual that describes if I have to wear a tie or not.