Summary: H.R.5616 — 98th Congress (1983-1984)All Information (Except Text)

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Passed Senate amended (10/11/1984)

(Measure passed Senate, amended)

Computer Trespass Act of 1984 - Amends the Federal criminal code to establish a new section of trespass in connection with computers. Makes it a criminal offense to knowingly access a computer without authorization or to access a computer with authorization for unauthorized purposes and obtain certain information classified under the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 or certain financial records covered by the Right to Financial Privacy Act of 1978.

Prohibits the unauthorized use of a computer when such conduct modifies, destroys, discloses information or prevents the authorized use of a computer operated for or on behalf of the U.S. government.

Makes it an offense to attempt to commit or to be a party to a conspiracy to commit such an offense.

Increases the penalty for subsequent offenses.

Grants authority to the U.S. Secret Service to investigate offenses under this Act.

Requires the Attorney General to report annually to Congress about prosecutions under this Act during the first three years after its enactment.