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      RS 14:73.10     


§73.10. Online impersonation

            A.(1) It shall be unlawful for any person, with the intent to harm, intimidate, threaten, or defraud, to intentionally impersonate another actual person, without the consent of that person, in order to engage in any of the following:

            (a) Open an electronic mail account, any other type of account, or a profile on a social networking website or other Internet website.

            (b) Post or send one or more messages on or through a social networking website or other Internet website.

            (2) It shall be unlawful for any person, with the intent to harm, intimidate, threaten, or defraud, to send an electronic mail, instant message, text message, or other form of electronic communication that references a name, domain address, phone number, or other item of identifying information belonging to another actual person without the consent of that person and with the intent to cause the recipient of the communication to believe that the other person authorized or transmitted the communication.

            B. For purposes of this Section, the following words shall have the following meanings:

            (1) "Access software provider" means a provider of software, including client or server software, or enabling tools that do one or more of the following:

            (a) Filter, screen, allow, or disallow content.

            (b) Select, choose, analyze, or digest content.

            (c) Transmit, receive, display, forward, cache, search, organize, reorganize, or translate content.

            (2) "Cable operator" means any person or group of persons who provides cable service over a cable system and directly, or through one or more affiliates, owns a significant interest in such cable system, or who otherwise controls or is responsible for, through any arrangement, the management and operation of such cable system.

            (3) "Interactive computer service" means any information service, system, or access software provider that provides or enables computer access by multiple users to a computer server, including a service or system that provides access to the Internet and such systems operated or services offered by libraries or educational institutions.

            (4) "Social networking website" means an Internet website that has any of the following capabilities:

            (a) Allows users to register and create web pages or profiles about themselves that are available to the general public or to any other users.

            (b) Offers a mechanism for direct or real-time communication among users, such as a forum, chat room, electronic mail, or instant messaging.

            (5) "Telecommunications service" means the offering of telecommunications for a fee directly to the public, regardless of the facilities used.

            C.(1) Except as provided in Paragraph (2) of this Subsection, whoever violates any provision of this Section shall be fined not less than two hundred fifty dollars nor more than one thousand dollars, imprisoned for not less than ten days nor more than six months, or both.

            (2) When the offender is under the age of eighteen years, the disposition of the matter shall be governed exclusively by the provisions of Title VII of the Children's Code.

            D. The provisions of this Section shall not apply to any of the following or to any person who is employed by any of the following when the actions of the employee are within the course and scope of his employment:

            (1) A social networking website.

            (2) An interactive computer service provider.

            (3) A telecommunications service provider.

            (4) A cable operator.

            (5) An Internet service provider.

            (6) Any law enforcement officer or agency.

            Acts 2012, No. 375, §1; Acts 2019, No. 104, §2.

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