The “In Plain Site Campaign;” is the passing of the E-Impersonation Protection Act. This Act will make it illegal for people to knowingly impersonate another person online. It raises the penalty for those who aim to defraud, intimidate or harm another by misrepresenting their identity online. No longer will predators, con artists or cyberbullies go unaddressed for their attempts to victimize others through these actions.
BILL NUMBER: S5871 (E-Personation Prevention Act)
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the penal law, in relation to establishing the offense of false pretense
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
This bill would establish a crime of false pretense, for knowingly and without consent impersonating another person online for the purposes of harming, intimidating, threatening, or defrauding such other person.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 1. Short title. This act shall be known as the "E-Personation Prevention Act"
Section 2. The penal law is amended by adding a new section 190.22 to establish the crime of false pretense, stating: a person is guilty of false pretense, when he or she knowingly and without consent impersonates another person through an internet website for the purposes of harming, intimidating, threatening or defrauding such other person. An impersonation is credible if another person would reasonably believe that the defendant was the person impersonated. Electronic means of impersonation includes email accounts and social networking profiles in another person's name. False pretense is a class D felony.
Section 3. is the effective date of the first of November on the next succeeding date.
Online predators, con artists, and cyber bullies are creating online profiles and email addresses in order to victimize people. In this age of advanced technology, twenty-four hour connectivity, and social networking there are countless opportunities for bad actors to assume an individual's identity to harass, intimidate, threaten, and defraud.
Victims are faced with emotional, mental, and financial damage. Predators assume their identity to post scandalous and inflammatory lies for friends and family of the victims as well as the general public to see. As social media and electronic dating becomes widespread it is increasingly easy to hurt people in this way.
This bill seeks to prevent this harm by criminalizing this heinous behavior. Read the complete bill here.