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/* R FRINGE COMMENTARY- The Missouri Computer Crimes Law 
follows, Missouri Statutes, 569.093, adopted 1982 */

SECTION 569.093 Definitions

    As used in this sections 569.094 to 569.099 and in section 

    (1) "Access", to instruct, communicate with, store data in, 
the resources of a computer, computer system or computer network;

    (2) "Computer", a functional unit that can perform 
operations, logic operations, or data processing, without 
ntervention by human operating during a run;

    (3) "Computer equipment", computers, terminals, data storage 
computer system or network; 
    (4) "Computer network", a complex consisting of two or more 
nterconnected computers or computer systems;

    (5) "Computer program" a set of instructions, statements, 
or related data that directs or is intended to direct a computer 
to perform certain functions;

    (6) "Computer software",  a set of computer programs, 
operation of a computer system or computer network;

    (7) "Computer system", a set of related, connected or 
unconnected, computer equipment, data or software.

    (8) "Damage", any alteration, deletion, or destruction of any 

    (9) "Data", a representation of information, facts, 
knowledge, concepts, or instructions prepared in a formalized or 
other manner and intended for use in a computer or computer 
network. Data may be in any form including, but not limited to, 
as may be stored in the memory of a computer;

    (10) "Property"  anything of value as defined in subdivision 
(10) of section 570.010, RSMo, and includes, but is not limited 
to, financial instruments, information, including electronically 
machine or human readable form, and any other tangible or 
ntangible item of value.

    (11) "Services", the use of a computer, computer system, or 
computer network and includes, but is not limited to, computer 
time, data processing and storage or retrieval functions.

SECTION 569.094 Computer printouts used as evidence, when

    In a prosecution under sections 569.095 to 569.099, computer 
  system, or computer network.

SECTION 569.095 Tampering with computer data, penalties

    1. A person commits the crime of tampering with computer data 
f he knowingly and without authorization or without reasonable

    (1) Modifies or destroys data or programs residing or 
existing internal to a computer, computer system or computer 
network; or

    (2) Modifies or destroys data or program ors supporting 
computer system, or computer network; or

    (3) Discloses or takes data, programs, or supporting 
computer, computer system, or computer network; or

    (4) Discloses or takes a password, identifying code, personal 
dentification number, or other confidential information about a
computer system or network that is intended to or does control 
access to the computer system or network;

/* How do you know what information is confidential? The statute 
nformation other than passwords is prominently marked as
"confidential under Missouri Statutes 569.095, that this would be 
a very hard case to prove.*/

    (5) Accesses a computer, a computer system, or a computer 
network and intentionally examines information about another 

/* This is drafted so broadly as to possibly be meaningless or 
nvalid. It is quite possible (see Quick BBS for one) for  a BBS
to list the names and phone numbers of others  on the system. The 
law seems to be intended to prevent people from reading data that 
s worthy of protection from outside viewing and ordinarily
considered as confidential. As written this provision may be "
void for vagueness." */

    (6) Receives, retains, uses or discloses any data he knows or 
believes was obtained in violation of this subsection.

    2. Tampering with computer data is a class A misdemeanor, 
unless the offense is committed for the purpose of devising or 
executing any scheme to defraud, in which case it is a class D 
felony.

SECTION 569.097 Tampering with computer equipment, penalties

    1. A person commits the crime of tampering with computer 
equipment if he knowingly and without authorization or without 

    (1) Modifies, destroys, damages, or takes equipment or data 
computer system, or computer network.

    (2) Modifies, destroys, damages, or takes any computer, 
computer system, or computer network.

    2. Tampering with computer equipment is a class A 
misdemeanor, unless:

    (1) The offense is committed for the purpose of executing any 
of which is one hundred fifty dollars of more but less than one 
thousand dollars, in which case it is a class D felony; or

    (2) The damage to such computer equipment or to the computer, 
computer system, or computer network is one hundred fifty dollars 
or more but less than one thousand dollars, in which case it is a 
class D felony; or

    (3) The damage to such computer equipment or to the computer, 
computer, computer system, or compute network is one thousand 

SECTION 569.099 Tampering with computer users, penalties

    1. A person commits the crime of tampering with computer 
users if he knowingly and without authorization or without 

    (1) Accesses or causes to be accessed any computer, computer 

    (2) Denies or causes the denial of computer system services 
to an authorized user of such computer system services, which, in 
form or on behalf of, or in conjunction with another.

    2. The offense of tampering with computer users is a class A 
misdemeanor unless the offense is committed for the purpose of 
obtain any property, the value of which is one hundred fifty 
a Class D felony.


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