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Campaign aims to tighten up cybercrime law

Bill Goodwin
Computer Weekly needs your help to persuade the Government to review and update the UK's outdated computer crime laws.

Both the police and business say they are hampered by laws riddled with gaps and loopholes. One of the most glaring omissions is that under the Computer Misuse Act there is no straightforward way to bring prosecutions against those who perpetrate denial of service attacks.

Despite concerns voiced by the High-Tech Crime Unit, the Home Office has said a review of the legislation is well down its agenda.

We need your help in gathering evidence to persuade the Government to give computer crime the attention it deserves. It should do so in consultation with IT users and in a way that will free them to protect themselves without exposing them to red tape and bureaucracy.

To support the campaign, e-mail your comments to CWLaw@rbi.co.uk. Share, in confidence, your experience of computer crimes. What weaknesses do you see in current laws and how would you improve them? We will send an anonymised dossier to the Home Office.

A chorus of influential IT voices have already backed our campaign. User groups covering billions of pounds of IT spend, IT lobby groups, MPs, legal experts and suppliers are already onside.

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