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2020 Cybersecurity Legislation

States are addressing cybersecurity through various initiatives, such as providing more funding for improved security measures, requiring government agencies or businesses to implement specific types of security practices, increasing penalties for computer crimes, addressing threats to critical infrastructure, and more.


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Computer Crime Laws

State computer crime laws related to hacking and unauthorized access, viruses, malware or any other actions that interfere with computers, systems, programs or networks. Recently, some states have expressly addressed ransomware in statute as well.

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Fighting Revenge Porn and Sextortion

Nonconsensual distribution of intimate images and sexual extortion, or “sextortion,” are becoming common experiences for too many people. The dissemination of sexually explicit images of others without their permission, sometimes called “revenge porn” or “nonconsensual pornography,” often involves situations where the individual consented to the photos or videos but expected they would be kept private. In other cases, images may have been taken surreptitiously, and then shared.


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Tampering with Voting Systems

At least 21 states have statutes that prohibit tampering with voting machines, systems, or other voter equipment. The chart includes the statutes in each state.