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Canadian Criminal Code: Computer Crime -

.......Just in case there are Canadians out there vistiting that may be harbouring criminal intent, the following is extracted from the Canadian Criminal Code as it relates to Computer Crime. In light of 9/11, the laws are bound to change and become much more harsh but anyway you cut it, jail is bad - especially if you're a skinny, pale geek with a 320 pound bunk buddy named "Bubba":

Canadian Criminal Code Section 342.1

(1) Every one who, fraudulently and without color of right:

(a) obtains, directly or indirectly, any computer service,

(b) by means of an electro-magnetic, acoustic, mechanical or other device, intercepts or causes to be intercepted, directly or indirectly, any function of a computer system, or,

(c) uses or causes to be used, directly or indirectly, a computer system with intent to commit an offense under paragraph (a) or (b) or an offense under section 430 in relation to data or a computer system is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding ten years, or is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction.

(2) In this section, "computer program" means data representing instructions or statements that, when executed in a computer system, causes the computer to perform a function; "computer service" includes data processing and the storage or retrieval of data; "computer system" means a device that, or a group of interconnected or related devices one or more of which:

(a) contains computer programs or other data; and

(b) pursuant to computer programs:

(i) performs logic and control, and

(ii) may perform any other function.

"data" means representation of information or of concepts that are being prepared or have been prepared in a form suitable for use in a computer system; "electro-magnetic, acoustic, mechanical or other device" means any device or apparatus that is used or is capable of being used to intercept any function of a computer system, but does not include a hearing aid used to correct subnormal hearing of the user to not better than normal hearing; "function" includes logic, control, arithmetic, deletion, storage and retrieval and communication of telecommunication to, from or within a computer system; "intercept" includes listen to or record a function of a computer system, or acquire the substance, meaning or purport thereof.

Canadian Criminal Code Section 430


(1.1) Every one commits mischief who willfully:

(a) destroys or alters data;

(b) renders data meaningless, useless or ineffective;

(c) obstructs, interrupts or interferes with the lawful use of data; or

(d) obstructs, interrupts or interferes with any person in the lawful use of data or denies access to data to any person who is entitled to access thereto. [...]

(8) In this section, "data" has the same meaning as in section 342.1.

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