2020 Utah Code
Title 77 - Utah Code of Criminal Procedure
Chapter 23a - Interception of Communications Act
Section 16 - Communications provider -- Cooperation and support services -- Compensation -- Liability defense.

Universal Citation: UT Code § 77-23a-16 (2020)
77-23a-16. Communications provider -- Cooperation and support services -- Compensation -- Liability defense.
  • (1) Upon the request of an attorney for the government or an officer of a law enforcement agency authorized to install and use pen registers under this chapter, a provider of wire or electronic communications service, landlord, custodian, or other person shall furnish investigative or law enforcement officers forthwith all information, facilities, and technical assistance necessary to accomplish the installation of the pen register unobtrusively and with a minimum of interference with the services the person ordered by the court accords the party regarding whom the installation and use is to take place, if such assistance is directed by a court order as provided in Subsection 77-23a-15(2)(b) of this chapter.
  • (2)
    • (a) Upon request of an attorney for the government or an officer of a law enforcement agency authorized to receive the results of a trap and trace device under this chapter, a provider of wire or electronic communications service, landlord, custodian, or other person shall install the device forthwith on the appropriate line.
    • (b) He shall also furnish the investigative or law enforcement officer all additional information, facilities, and technical assistance, including installation and operation of the device unobtrusively and with a minimum of interference with the services that the person so ordered by the court accords the party with respect to whom the installation and use is to take place, if the installation and assistance is directed by a court order under Section 77-23a-15(2)(b).
    • (c) Unless otherwise ordered by the court, the results of the trap and trace device shall be furnished to the officer of the law enforcement agency designated by the court, at reasonable intervals and during regular business hours, for the duration of the order.
  • (3) A provider of wire or electronic communications service, landlord, custodian, or other person who furnishes facilities or technical assistance under this section shall be reasonably compensated for reasonable expenses incurred in providing the facilities and assistance.
  • (4) A cause of action does not lie in any court against the provider of wire or electronic communications service, its officers, employees, agents, or other specified persons, for providing information, facilities, or assistance in accordance with the terms of a court order under this chapter.
  • (5) A good faith reliance on a court order, a legislative authorization, or a statutory authorization, is a complete defense against any civil or criminal action brought under this chapter or any other law.


Enacted by Chapter 251, 1988 General Session
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