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Home Affairs Committee: New e-Crime inquiry to be launched

Home Affairs Committee press release

NEW INQUIRY: E-CRIME

The Home Affairs Committee is today launching an inquiry into e-Crime. The Committee will consider:

* what e-crime is understood to be and how this affects crime recording,

* the extent and nature of the threats on which e-crime policy is based and how well they are understood by policy makers,

* the effectiveness of current law enforcement and legislative capabilities, including local and regional capabilities and the potential impacts of proposed organisational change,

* whether there are any gaps in the response to e-crime and, if so, how they should be addressed;

* options for addressing key emerging issues that will affect the public such as liability over personal computer security, personal data held by social networking sites and its vulnerability to criminal use and

* the effectiveness of current initiatives to promote awareness of using the internet safely and the implications of peoples' online behaviours for related public policy.

Written evidence is invited from interested parties. The deadline for the submission of written evidence is Tuesday 10 July 2012.

Committee Chairman Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP said:

"The Committee is very concerned about the growth in e-crime and its cost to the UK's economy each year.

The internet is a core part of our global economy enabling commerce, communications and data sharing to take place on an unprecedented scale. However as the development of new technologies has increased, so has the abuse of technology to commit crimes. The Government's systems alone are attacked over 600 times every day.

The police and criminal justice system have worked hard to keep pace with cyber criminals, but there is still a long way to go. The Committee is keen to understand the strengths and weaknesses of the UK's response to e-crime to date and the options for dealing with future challenges.

The invention of the internet has changed the face of crime has forever. If we are to stay one step ahead of criminals we must ensure we have all the necessary deterrents in place."



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