Learning contents of telegraphic message sent to another
- • civil liability
(1) Any person, not connected with any telegraph company, who, by means of any machine, instrument or contrivance, or in any other manner, willfully and fraudulently reads or attempts to read any message, or to learn its contents, while it is being sent over any telegraph line, or who willfully and fraudulently or clandestinely learns or attempts to learn the contents or meaning of any message, while it is in, or being received at, any telegraph office, or is sent therefrom, or who uses or attempts to use, or communicates to others any information so obtained by any person, shall be punished upon conviction by a fine not to exceed $1,000, or imprisonment not to exceed one year, or both.
(2) Any person violating this section shall be liable in a civil suit for all damages occasioned thereby.
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