Cybercrime has been a huge problem throughout the world. Governments of most developed countries are struggling to fight the surge of computer crimes. They have recently proposed changes to help them identify and prosecute these criminals more easily.
Identifying cybercriminals has been a challenge for many law enforcement agencies. Many jurisdictions have privacy laws which restrict police access to data that could help them catch and prosecute criminals. They have recently come to terms with this and started looking for ways to change the existing laws.
The United Kingdom has recently proposed a law that would allow them to access data on possible criminals. Various rights groups have called out the new law, stating that it would violate the privacy of the country’s citizens. Even a number of prominent politicians, such as Deputy Prime Minister Nicholas Clegg, have raised concerns.
The lawmakers supporting the new measure have insisted that it being put in place solely to help the government prosecute criminals. They are adamant the law would not be used to spy on innocent people.
Lawmakers in the Netherlands have recently proposed a new law that would allow these changes as well. They have recently advocated for a controversial law that would allow them to take over the computers of any suspected cybercriminal. This authority would be extended even if the suspect was located outside of the country.
Michael Van Eeten, a cybersecurity expert at the University of Delft, has concerns about the new proposals. Van Eeten acknowledged that fighting cybercriminals in other jurisdictions can be very difficult. Law enforcement officials must coordinate with the police in the criminal’s jurisdiction. However, he thinks the new law will be overreaching.
Many countries that are havens for hackers have already protested the new law, stating that it violates their sovereignty. Van Eeten thinks they need to consider a different approach. Dutch lawmakers feel strongly though that something needs to be done.
The United States has recently proposed a new law that would bar imports on products that have been derived from stolen technology. This law has also created a number of challenges people will need to be aware of. Some people have said that it will not help relations with the United States and China. The United States government has said they have tried hard to resolve these challenges with the Chinese government through diplomacy, but their efforts have failed.
Implications of These Laws
Various governments are starting to crack down on cybercrime. Some of the laws that have been proposed may seem far reaching, but some variation of them is likely to be passed in the near future. A common theme among most of these laws is that governments are working across jurisdictions to fight hackers and cyber-espionage.
Anyone who is working in law enforcement will need to understand these changes and what implications they carry. Many people are considering pursuing a cyber forensics specialization degree online to better understand what changes these laws are going to carry.
What do you think about these new laws? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.
About the Author: Kalen is a former mechanical engineer and freelance writer. He discusses the implications of public policy on technology quite often.
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