June 23, 2011

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Rep. Petersen’s Report from the Capitol: Governor Signs Important Crime Bills; Neighborhood Park Fix-Its Coming Up

Crime Bills Signed Into Law

Today Governor Sean Parnell signed two important crime bills into law today. House Bill 127 is an omnibus crime bill that contains many provisions updating Alaska’s laws about stalking and crimes against children and vulnerable adults. This bill includes my proposal to update Alaska’s computer privacy laws to make it illegal to use a keystroke logger to steal information as it is being entered into a computer. Previously, it was only illegal to hack into a computer or network to steal the information.

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CRIME BILL UPDATES COMPUTER PRIVACY PROTECTIONS

Common hacking method, keystroke logging, becomes illegal July 1

Today Governor Sean Parnell made keystroke logging, a common computer hacking method, illegal when he signed HB 127, the omnibus crime bill, into law. This language, which was originally proposed by Reps. Pete Petersen and Lindsey Holmes (both D-Anchorage), updates Alaska’s computer hacking laws to make it illegal to use a keystroke logger to steal information as it is being entered into a computer.

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