HB539 (2021) Detail

Relative to records of communications common carriers.


HB 539  - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2021 SESSION

21-0740

10/11

 

HOUSE BILL 539

 

AN ACT relative to records of communications common carriers.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Yokela, Rock. 33

 

COMMITTEE: Criminal Justice and Public Safety

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill requires that customer information in records of communications common carriers only be provided pursuant to a search warrant or a judicially-recognized exception to the warrant requirement.

 

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

21-0740

10/11

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty One

 

AN ACT relative to records of communications common carriers.

 

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

 

1  Attorney General; Records of Communications Common Carriers.  Amend RSA 7:6-b to read as follows:

7:6-b Certain Records of Communications Common Carriers.

I. Every communications common carrier, as defined in RSA 570-A:1, IX, [upon the written demand of the attorney general that the attorney general has reasonable grounds for belief that the service furnished to a person or to a location by such communications common carrier has been, is being, or may be used for an unlawful purpose, shall furnish to the attorney general] shall ensure its customers be kept free from governmental intrusion into their private or personal information by requiring a search warrant or a judicially-recognized exception to the warrant requirement before providing information about its customers to a governmental entity, such information includes, but it not limited to:

(a) The names and addresses of persons to whom stated listed or unlisted telephone numbers are assigned.

(b) The names and addresses of persons to whom any stated or identified services are provided.

(c) Any local and long distance billing records for any subscriber to, or customer of telephone service or wireless telephone service as defined in RSA 638:21, XI.

(d) The length of service provided to a subscriber or customer by the communications common carrier.

(e) The types of services provided to the subscriber or customer by the communications common carrier, and

(f) The telephone number or other subscriber number or identity.

II. No such communications common carrier nor any agent, servant, or employee thereof, shall be civilly or criminally responsible or liable for furnishing or delivering any records or information in compliance with [said demand and the attorney general shall not disclose any information obtained as a result of said demand except as it is essential to the proper discharge of the attorney general's duties. Any such written demand by the attorney general shall be understood to constitute an administrative subpoena for purposes of determining compliance with federal law] a search warrant or a judicially-recognized exception to the warrant requirement.

[III. The attorney general may delegate authority under this section to any assistant attorney general. Where the offense under investigation is defined in RSA 318-B or RSA 649-B, the attorney general may delegate authority under this section to a county attorney. A county attorney may further delegate authority under this section to any assistant county attorney in the county attorney's office. The county attorney may exercise this authority only in cases within the jurisdiction of that county attorney. The attorney general shall adopt rules, pursuant to RSA 541-A, relative to:

(a) Circumstances under which an assistant attorney general, a county attorney, or an assistant county attorney may issue such demands to communications common carriers under this section.

(b) The procedures for applying for such demands.

(c) The records of such demands which shall be kept and maintained.]

2  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect January 1, 2022.

Links

HB539 at GenCourtMobile
HB539 Discussion

Action Dates

Date Body Type
March 10, 2021 House Hearing

Bill Text Revisions

HB539 Revision: 31853 Date: Jan. 12, 2021, 12:45 p.m.

Docket


March 10, 2021: Public Hearing: 03/10/2021 09:00 am Members of the public may attend using the following link: To join the webinar: https://www.zoom.us/j/92387218591 / Executive session on pending legislation may be held throughout the day (time permitting) from the time the committee is initially convened.


Jan. 6, 2021: Introduced (in recess of) 01/06/2021 and referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety HJ 2 P. 52