As technology continues to improve at nearly exponential rates, the havoc someone can wreak can be detrimental to both a business and its customers. Florida takes cybercrimes very seriously and has developed laws for handling individuals or groups who violate them. You must understand what these crimes are and their consequences.

Being aware of Florida computer crime law is also helpful if someone else asks you to carry out some shady cyber activities for them.

Trade secret information

As only certain individuals have the right to know trade secrets within a business or industry, it is a felony to disclose certain records. While the law requires public record to include some information, trade secrets are exempt from this law.

Intellectual property offenses

Florida law states that it is illegal for you to take, alter or contaminate data on a computer, network or electronic device that you do not have the right to access. You also do not have the right to erase content that you do not have the authority to access or remove. These crimes are punishable as a third-degree felony. If the court proves that you were executing a scheme to obtain property or defraud, they consider this a second-degree felony.

Public utilities offenses

Certain companies, local municipalities and public agencies operate public utilities distribution facilities, such as electricity and natural gas. As an unauthorized person, you may not:

  • Knowingly access a computer, network or electronic device that only certain individuals may access. This is punishable as a third-degree felony.
  • Tamper, install a virus or malware or submit commands into one of these computer systems, disrupting the public service. This is punishable as a second-degree felony.

There are many other types of cybercrimes punishable by law. If you are being charged for serious cybercrimes, be sure you understand your rights and how to defend yourself, especially if there are other individuals involved.