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TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 16-17-780 SO AS TO PROHIBIT A PERSON FROM KNOWINGLY MAKING RESTRICTED PERSONAL INFORMATION PUBLICLY AVAILABLE OF A COVERED PERSON OR THEIR IMMEDIATE FAMILY WITH THE INTENT TO THREATEN, INTIMIDATE, OR INCITE HARASSMENT OR THE COMMISSION OF A VIOLENT CRIME.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Article 7, Chapter 17, Title 16 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 16-17-780. (A) As used in this section:
(1) 'Covered person' means an active or former:
(a) elected official;
(b) member or employee of the federal judiciary;
(c) member or employee of the judiciary, administrative law court, or a municipal judge in this State;
(d) director, acting director, or employee of a state agency;
(e) municipal, state, or federal prosecutor who has prosecuted actions in this State;
(f) municipal, state, or federal public defender or appellate defender who has served in that capacity in this State; or
(g) law enforcement officer who has served in an active capacity in this State.
(2) 'Restricted personal information' means, with respect to an individual, a social security number, home address, unlisted home phone number, mobile phone number, and personal email of an individual.
(3) 'Violent crime' has the same meaning as provided in Section 16-1-60.
(B) A person may not knowingly make restricted personal information about a covered person or a member of the immediately family of a covered person publicly available with the:
(1) intent to threaten, intimidate, or incite harassment or the commission of a violent crime; or
(2) with the intent and knowledge that the restricted personal information will be used to threaten, intimidate, incite harassment, or incite the commission of a violent crime against the person.
(C) A person who violates the provisions of this section is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, must be imprisoned for not more than five years."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
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