TITLE 17. CRIMINAL PROCEDURES
CHAPTER 30. INTERCEPTION OF WIRE, ELECTRONIC, OR ORAL COMMUNICATIONS
S.C. Code Ann. § 17-30-20 (2005)
§ 17-30-20. Prohibited acts.
Except as otherwise specifically provided in this chapter, a person who commits any of the following acts is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, must be punished as provided in Section 17-30-50 of this chapter:
(1) intentionally intercepts, attempts to intercept, or procures any other person to intercept or attempt to intercept any wire, oral, or electronic communication;
(2) intentionally uses, attempts to use, or procures any other person to use or attempt to use any electronic, mechanical, or other device to intercept any oral communication when:
(a) the device is affixed to or otherwise transmits a signal through a wire, cable, or other like connection used in wire communication; or
(b) the device transmits communications by radio or interferes with the transmission of the communication;
(3) intentionally discloses or attempts to disclose to any other person the contents of any wire, oral, or electronic communication, knowing or having reason to know that the information was obtained through the interception of a wire, oral, or electronic communication in violation of this subsection;
(4) intentionally uses or attempts to use the contents of any wire, oral, or electronic communication, knowing or having reason to know that the information was obtained through the interception of a wire, oral, or electronic communication in violation of this subsection; or
(5) intentionally discloses or attempts to disclose to any other person the contents of any wire, oral, or electronic communication intercepted by means authorized by Section 17-30-70 or Section 17-30-95 when that person knows or has reason to know that the information was obtained through the interception of such a communication in connection with a criminal investigation and the disclosure is not otherwise authorized under this chapter.
S.C. Code Ann. § 17-30-35 (2005)
§ 17-30-35. Lawful interceptions of electronic communications.
(A) It is lawful under this chapter for a person to:
(1) intercept or access an electronic communication made through an electronic communication system that is configured so that the electronic communication is readily accessible to the general public;
(2) intercept any radio communication which is transmitted by:
(a) any station for the use of the general public, or that relates to ships, aircraft, vehicles, or persons in distress;
(b) any governmental, law enforcement, civil defense, private land mobile, or public safety communications system, including any police or fire communications system, readily accessible to the general public;
(c) a station operating on an authorized frequency within the bands allocated to the amateur, citizens band, or general mobile radio services; or
(d) any marine or aeronautical communications system;
(3) engage in conduct which is:
(a) prohibited by Section 633 of the Communications Act of 1934; or
(b) excepted from the application of Section 705(a) of the Communications Act of 1934 and by Section 705(b) of that act;
(4) intercept any wire or electronic communication the transmission of which is causing harmful interference to any lawfully operating station of consumer electronic equipment to the extent necessary to identify the source of the interference;
(5) intercept, if the person is another user of the same frequency, any radio communication that is not scrambled or encrypted made through a system that utilizes frequencies monitored by individuals engaged in the provision or the use of the system;
(6) intercept a satellite transmission that is not scrambled or encrypted and that is transmitted:
(a) to a broadcasting station for purposes of retransmission to the general public; or
(b) as an audio subcarrier intended for redistribution to facilities open to the public, but not including data transmissions or telephone calls, when the interception is not for the purposes of direct or indirect commercial advantage or private financial gain; or
(7) intercept and privately view a private satellite video communication that is not scrambled or encrypted or to intercept a radio communication that is transmitted on frequencies allocated under Subpart D of Part 74 of the rules of the Federal Communications Commission that is not scrambled or encrypted, if the interception is not for an unlawful purpose or for purposes of direct or indirect commercial advantage or private commercial gain.
(B) It is lawful under this chapter for a provider of electronic communication service to record the fact that a wire or electronic communication was initiated or completed in order to protect the provider, another provider furnishing service toward the completion of the wire or electronic communication, or a user of that service, from fraudulent, unlawful, or abusive use of such service.