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§ 5741. Unlawful access to stored communications

Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes and Consolidated StatutesTitle 18 Pa.C.S.A. Crimes and Offenses

Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes and Consolidated Statutes
Title 18 Pa.C.S.A. Crimes and Offenses (Refs & Annos)
Part II. Definition of Specific Offenses (Refs & Annos)
Article F. Offenses Against Public Order and Decency
Chapter 57. Wiretapping and Electronic Surveillance (Refs & Annos)
Subchapter C. Stored Wire and Electronic Communications and Transactional Records Access
18 Pa.C.S.A. § 5741
§ 5741. Unlawful access to stored communications
(a) Offense.--Except as provided in subsection (c), it is an offense to obtain, alter or prevent authorized access to a wire or electronic communication while it is in electronic storage by intentionally:
(1) accessing without authorization a facility through which an electronic communication service is provided; or
(2) exceeding the scope of one's authorization to access the facility.
(b) Penalty.--
(1) If the offense is committed for the purpose of commercial advantage, malicious destruction or damage, or private commercial gain, the offender shall be subject to:
(i) a fine of not more than $250,000 or imprisonment for not more than one year, or both, in the case of a first offense; or
(ii) a fine of not more than $250,000 or imprisonment for not more than two years, or both, for any subsequent offense.
(2) In any other case, the offender shall be subject to a fine of not more than $5,000 or imprisonment for not more than six months, or both.
(c) Exceptions.--Subsection (a) of this section does not apply with respect to conduct authorized:
(1) by the person or entity providing a wire or electronic communication service;
(2) by a user of that service with respect to a communication of or intended for that user; or
(3) in section 5743 (relating to requirements for governmental access) or 5744 (relating to backup preservation).

Credits

1988, Oct. 21, P.L. 1000, No. 115, § 8, imd. effective.
EXPIRATION
<See 18 Pa.C.S.A. § 5781 for expiration of Chapter 57.>
18 Pa.C.S.A. § 5741, PA ST 18 Pa.C.S.A. § 5741
Current through 2019 Regular Session Act 87. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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