SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL 1632





                        57th Legislature

                2001 Regular Legislative Session


Passed by the House March 9, 2001

  Yeas 94   Nays 1




Speaker of the House of Representatives




Speaker of the House of Representatives





Passed by the Senate April 4, 2001

  Yeas 48   Nays 0



We, Timothy A. Martin and Cynthia Zehnder, Co-Chief Clerks of the House of Representatives of the State of Washington, do hereby certify that the attached is SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL 1632  as passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate on the dates hereon set forth.




                          Chief Clerk




                          Chief Clerk

President of the Senate




Approved Place Style On Codes above, and Style Off Codes below.              




Governor of the State of Washington

                   Secretary of State

                  State of Washington



                    SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL 1632



             Passed Legislature - 2001 Regular Session


State of Washington      57th Legislature     2001 Regular Session


By House Committee on Technology, Telecommunications & Energy (originally sponsored by Representatives Ruderman, Anderson, Schual‑Berke and Casada; by request of Department of Information Services)


Read first time 02/26/2001.  Referred to Committee on .

Prescribing criminal penalties for fraudulently obtaining or using digital signatures and digital certificates. 

    AN ACT Relating to fraudulently obtaining or using digital signatures and digital certificates; adding a new section to chapter 9.38 RCW; and prescribing penalties.




    NEW SECTION.  Sec. 1.  A new section is added to chapter 9.38 RCW to read as follows:

    (1) A person shall not knowingly misrepresent the person's identity or authorization to obtain a public key certificate used to reference a private key for creating a digital signature.

    (2) A person shall not knowingly forge a digital signature as defined in RCW 19.34.020(16).

    (3) A person shall not knowingly present a public key certificate for which the person is not the owner of the corresponding private key in order to obtain unauthorized access to information or engage in an unauthorized transaction.

    (4) The definitions in RCW 19.34.020 apply to this section.

    (5) A person who violates this section is guilty of a class C felony punishable under chapter 9A.20 RCW.


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