HB 2471 Computer Crimes Act; changes in provisions, penalty.
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Summary as passed: (all summaries)
Virginia Computer Crimes Act; penalties. Updates the Virginia Computer Crimes Act to include recommendations made by the 2004 joint study on Computer Crimes by the Joint Commission on Technology and Science and Virginia State Crime Commission. The bill modernizes definitions of "computer", "using a computer" and "without authority" to comport with changing technology. The bill revises provisions regarding computer trespass, a Class 1 misdemeanor, unless the damage to the property of another is $1,000 ($2,500 under current law) or more, in which case it is a Class 6 felony. Provisions regarding computer invasion of privacy are rewritten to include unauthorized gathering of identifying information and Class 6 penalties added for persons with previous convictions, selling or distributing the information to another or using the information in the commission of another crime. The bill adds as a new Class 6 felony using a computer to fraudulently gather identifying information of another (phishing), unless the information is sold or distributed to another or the information is used in the commission of another crime, in which case it is a Class 5 felony. Statute of limitation and venue provisions are relocated in the Code. This bill is identical to SB 1163.

Full text:
01/12/05  House: Prefiled & ordered printed; offered 01/12/05 050073400  pdf | impact statements
02/05/05  House: Committee substitute printed 058033400-H1  pdf | impact statements
03/07/05  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2471ER)  pdf | impact statement
04/04/05  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0827)  pdf

Senate amendments
Senate amendments engrossed

01/12/05  House: Prefiled & ordered printed; offered 01/12/05 050073400
01/12/05  House: Referred to Committee on Science and Technology
01/24/05  House: Passed by in S.T. with letter (15-Y 0-N)
01/31/05  House: Reconsidered by Science and Technology
01/31/05  House: Reported from S.T. w/sub (18-Y 0-N)
01/31/05  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/04/05  House: Reported from C. J. with substitute (17-Y 0-N)
02/05/05  House: Committee substitute printed 058033400-H1
02/05/05  House: Read first time
02/07/05  House: Read second time
02/07/05  House: Committee substitute agreed to 058033400-H1
02/07/05  House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB2471H1
02/08/05  House: Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/08/05  House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N)
02/08/05  House: Communicated to Senate
02/09/05  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/09/05  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/16/05  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice w/amds (11-Y 0-N)
02/18/05  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N)
02/18/05  Senate: VOTE: CONST. RDG. DISPENSED R (38-Y 0-N)
02/21/05  Senate: Read third time
02/21/05  Senate: Reading of amendments waived
02/21/05  Senate: Committee amendments agreed to
02/21/05  Senate: Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/21/05  Senate: Passed Senate with amendments (40-Y 0-N)
02/21/05  Senate: VOTE: PASSAGE R (40-Y 0-N)
02/22/05  House: Placed on Calendar
02/23/05  House: Senate amendments agreed to by House (98-Y 0-N)
02/23/05  House: VOTE: ADOPTION (98-Y 0-N)
03/07/05  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2471ER)
03/09/05  House: Enrolled
03/09/05  House: Signed by Speaker
03/11/05  Senate: Signed by President
03/26/05  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 827 (effective 7/1/05)
04/04/05  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0827)