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Thursday, December 1, 2011

UK Government U-turned On Cyber Sanction

The government of the United Kingdom has recently published its Cyber Security Strategy, saying that it’ll make sure that people found guilty of cyber crimes will face appropriate sanctions in a u-turn by the Home Office. 
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After a lot of talk from Whitehall, which even included warnings of online crime from the head of GCHQ, the British government has finally announced new strategies designed to deal with cyber criminality. Aside from the preventive measures, including closer cooperation with private sector businesses, the UK government has also claimed that people caught infringing copyright will be restricted from web usage. The statement read that restrictions on access to the web and prohibition from using different messaging services should be encouraged. They also promised to publish a new guidance about how to use such powers.

The government claimed that this measures will help stop cyber criminals from unauthorized activity including so-called “harassment and anti-social behaviour” right after they are found guilty. In addition, it was said that the Home Office will also think about the development of a new way of enforcing such orders, including what they call “cyber-tags”, triggered by an offender to automatically inform the police.

In case the approach goes to plan, the Home Office will put forward expanding sanctions to a larger group of offenders. It means a kind of a u-turn by the Home Office, when its representatives were keen to play down any claims that such people could be hit with social media restrictions, explaining that they aren’t getting into the territory of disconnecting users right away. Apparently, they’ve had an attitude transplant in the last couple weeks.

Another drastic change is the government’s decision to provide the public awareness campaign called Get Safe Online with the resources it needed to assist in preventative measures to fight online crime. Despite the fact that the organization got a $45 billion bill because of online crime, its managing director recently complained that the outfit was still lacking the necessary funding for a real impact. With the $1.1 billion targeted to fight online crime, the UK government is now intended to increase its investment.

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