Computer Misuse Act

Home Department written question – answered on 31st January 2006.

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Photo of Margaret Moran Margaret Moran Labour, Luton South

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will bring forward proposals to update the Computer Misuse Act 1990 to ensure reasonable penalties for misuse.

Photo of Paul Goggins Paul Goggins Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Home Office

The Police and Justice Bill was introduced in the House of Commons on 25 January 2006. Clauses 33 to 36 relate to computer misuse and in particular the Computer Misuse Act 1990. Specifically, we are seeking to amend:

Section 1(3) of the Act to increase the term of imprisonment for an offence of unauthorised access to a computer system from six months to two years;

Section 3(7) of the Act to increase the term of imprisonment for an offence of unauthorised modification of computer material from five to 10 years; and

Section 3 of the Act to clarify that all means of interference with a computer system are criminalised; in particular, ensuring that adequate provision is made to criminalise all forms of Denial of Service attacks.

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