8 LONG TITLE
9 General Description:
10 This bill modifies the Utah Criminal Code regarding telephone and VoIP
12 Highlighted Provisions:
13 This bill:
14 ▸ prohibits making telephone calls or text messages that provide false or inaccurate
15 caller or text message identification information with the intent to Ĥ→ [
15a Ĥ→ ▸prohibits making telephone calls or text messages that provide false or inaccurate
15b caller or text message identification information to a public safety answering point when
15c reporting an emergency; ←Ĥ
16 ▸ provides that a Ĥ→ first ←Ĥ violation is a class Ĥ→ C misdemeanor and that any
16a subsequent violation is a class ←Ĥ B misdemeanor; Ĥ→ [
17 ▸ provides that the recipient of the call or text may bring a civil action for
17a damages Ĥ→ ; and
17b ▸ provides that an Internet service provider or hosting company, a provider of public
17c telecommunications services, or a text message service that transmits, routes, or otherwise
17d manages data without selecting the content is not subject to these prohibitions ←Ĥ .
18 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
20 Other Special Clauses:
22 Utah Code Sections Affected:
24 76-10-1802, Utah Code Annotated 1953
26 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
27 Section 1. Section 76-10-1802 is enacted to read:
29 76-10-1802. Misrepresentation of call or text communication identification.
30 (1) As used in this section:
31 (a) "Caller or text message identification information" means information provided by
32 a caller identification service or text message service regarding the telephone number or other
33 information regarding the origination of a call or text message made using a
34 telecommunications service or VoIP voice service.
35 (b) "Caller or text message identification service" means any service or device
36 designed to provide the user of the service or device with the telephone number of, or other
37 information regarding, the origination of a call or text message made using a
38 telecommunications service or VoIP voice service, including automatic number identification
40 (c) "Text message":
41 (i) means a real-time or near real-time message consisting of text, images, sounds, or
42 other information transmitted from or received by a device identified by a telephone number;
44 (ii) does not include a real-time, two-way voice or video communication.
45 (d) "VoIP" means a technology that allows telephone calls to be made over computer
46 networks, including the Internet.
47 (2) It is unlawful for any person or individual, in connection with any
48 telecommunications service or VoIP voice service, to knowingly cause any caller identification
49 service or text message service to transmit false, misleading, or inaccurate caller or text
50 message identification information Ĥ→ :
50a1 (a) ←Ĥ with the intent to Ĥ→ [
50a call or text
51 message Ĥ→ ; or
51a (b) to a public safety answering point when reporting an emergency ←Ĥ .
52 (3) This section does not prevent or restrict any person or individual from blocking the
53 capability of any caller or text message identification service to transmit caller or text message
54 identification information.
55 (4) The following are exempt from this section:
56 (a) the lawful investigative, protective, or intelligence activity of a law enforcement
57 agency; and
58 (b) a court order that specifically authorizes the use of caller or text message
59 identification manipulation.
60 (5) Each separate call Ĥ→ [
61 is Ĥ→ :
61a (a) for a first violation, a class C misdemanor; and
61b (b) for a second or subsequent violation, ←Ĥ a class B misdemeanor.
62 (6) Violations may be enforced in a civil action initiated by the recipient of a call,
63 message, or text message made in violation of this section, a criminal action initiated by a
64 prosecuting attorney, or both.
64a Ĥ→ (7) This section does not apply to an Internet service provider or hosting company,
64b a provider of public telecommunications services, or a text message service by reason of the
64c fact that the Internet service provider, hosting company, text message service, or provider of
64d public telecommunications services:
64e (i) transmits, routes, or provides connections for material without selecting the
64g (ii) stores or delivers the material at the direction of a user; or
64h (iii) provides a caller or text message identification service. ←Ĥ
Legislative Review Note
as of 1-29-15 9:40 AM
Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel