HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.B. NO.

2254

TWENTY-FIFTH LEGISLATURE, 2010

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

relating to computer security.

 

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 


SECTION 1. Chapter 708, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new section to part IX to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:

"707- Deceptive installation of computer software. (1) A person commits the offense of deceptive installation of computer software if the person is not an authorized user of a computer and:

(a) Induces an authorized user to install a software component onto the computer by intentionally misrepresenting that installing software is necessary for security or privacy reasons or to open, view, play, or use a particular type of content; or

(b) Deceptively causes the copying and execution on the computer of a computer software component with the intent of causing an authorized user to use the component in a way that violates any provision of this chapter.

(2) Deceptive installation of computer software is a class C felony.

(3) The attorney general may bring a civil action on behalf of the State to obtain a civil judgment against any person who violates this section. Any person against whom a civil judgment is entered pursuant to this subsection shall be subject to:

(a) A civil penalty of up to $100 per violation, or up to $100,000 for a pattern or practice of violations;

(b) Costs and reasonable attorney's fees; and

(c) An order to enjoin the violation."

SECTION 2. Section 708-890, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new definition to be appropriately inserted and to read as follows:

""Computer software" means a sequence of instructions written in any programming language that is executed on a computer. The term shall not include a text or data file, a web page, or a data component of a web page that is not executable independently of the web page."

SECTION 3. This Act does not affect rights and duties that matured, penalties that were incurred, and proceedings that were begun before its effective date.

SECTION 4. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 5. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.

 

INTRODUCED BY:

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Report Title:

Computer Crimes; Unauthorized Installation of Software

 

Description:

Makes it a class C felony for an unauthorized user of a computer to cause installation of software through misrepresentation or deception. Authorizes the attorney general to seek civil damages and injunctive relief.

 

 

 

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