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H.B. 185





Sponsor: Bradley M. Daw

             5      John Dougall              6     
             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill amends the definition of "computer network" in the Utah Computer Crimes
             10      Act.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    amends the definition of "computer network" in the Utah Computer Crimes Act to
             14      include wireless networks; and
             15          .    makes technical changes.
             16      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             17          None
             18      Other Special Clauses:
             19          None
             20      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             21      AMENDS:
             22          76-6-702, as last amended by Chapter 300, Laws of Utah 1997
             24      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             25          Section 1. Section 76-6-702 is amended to read:
             26           76-6-702. Definitions.
             27          As used in this part:

             28          (1) "Access" means to directly or indirectly use, attempt to use, instruct, communicate
             29      with, cause input to, cause output from, or otherwise make use of any resources of a computer,
             30      computer system, computer network, or any means of communication with any of them.
             31          (2) "Authorization" means having the express or implied consent or permission of the
             32      owner, or of the person authorized by the owner to give consent or permission to access a
             33      computer, computer system, or computer network in a manner not exceeding the consent or
             34      permission.
             35          (3) "Computer" means any electronic device or communication facility [with data
             36      processing ability] that stores, retrieves, or processes data.
             37          (4) "Computer system" means a set of related, connected or unconnected, devices,
             38      software, or other related computer equipment.
             39          (5) "Computer network" means:
             40          (a) the interconnection of communication or telecommunication lines between:
             41          (i) computers; or
             42          (ii) computers and remote terminals[.]; or
             43          (b) the interconnection by wireless technology between:
             44          (i) computers; or
             45          (ii) computers and remote terminals.
             46          (6) "Computer property" includes[, but is not limited to,] electronic impulses,
             47      electronically produced data, information, financial instruments, software, or programs, in
             48      either machine or human readable form, any other tangible or intangible item relating to a
             49      computer, computer system, computer network, and copies of any of them.
             50          (7) "Confidential" means data, text, or computer property that is protected by a security
             51      system that clearly evidences that the owner or custodian intends that it not be available to
             52      others without the owner's or custodian's permission.
             53          (8) "License or entitlement" includes:
             54          (a) licenses, certificates, and permits granted by governments;
             55          (b) degrees, diplomas, and grades awarded by educational institutions;
             56          (c) military ranks, grades, decorations, and awards;
             57          (d) membership and standing in organizations and religious institutions;
             58          (e) certification as a peace officer;

             59          (f) credit reports; and
             60          (g) another record or datum upon which a person may be reasonably expected to rely in
             61      making decisions that will have a direct benefit or detriment to another.
             62          (9) "Security system" means a computer, computer system, network, or computer
             63      property that has some form of access control technology implemented, such as encryption,
             64      password protection, other forced authentication, or access control designed to keep out
             65      unauthorized persons.
             66          (10) "Services" include[, but are not limited to,] computer time, data manipulation, and
             67      storage functions.
             68          (11) "Financial instrument" includes[, but is not limited to,] any check, draft, money
             69      order, certificate of deposit, letter of credit, bill of exchange, electronic fund transfer,
             70      automated clearing house transaction, credit card, or marketable security.
             71          (12) "Software" or "program" means a series of instructions or statements in a form
             72      acceptable to a computer, relating to the operations of the computer, or permitting the
             73      functioning of a computer system in a manner designed to provide results including[, but not
             74      limited to,] system control programs, application programs, or copies of any of them.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 1-3-05 8:55 AM

Based on a limited legal review, this legislation has not been determined to have a high
probability of being held unconstitutional.

Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel

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