Government must do more on internet security, say Lords

The House of Lords will debate internet security on Friday (10 September 2008) to assess how far the government has come in addressing online safety.

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The House of Lords will debate internet security on Friday (10 September 2008) to assess how far the government has come in addressing online safety.

The Lords Science and Technology Committee has published two reports on the issue and has criticised the government for a lack of action in the past.

Since the second report was published some steps have been taken, such as the announcement of funding for an e-crime unit, to address the problem.

But members of the committee still say not enough has been done.

Lord Broers, who chaired the inquiry into internet security, said, "Some of our recommendations, such as the establishment of a specialist e-crime police unit, are now being acted on by government.

"But others, such as software developers' liability for damage caused by security flaws and enabling people to report online fraud directly to the police rather than their bank, have either been ignored or are awaiting action."

He said the debate would enable Lords to question what has been achieved and allow members of the committee to reassert their proposals for better online protection for internet users.

Other measures the committee called for were the establishment of a security breach notification law, and the establishment of a centralised, automated system for the reporting of e-crime.

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