Criminal Investigation: Internet

Home Office written question – answered on 21st December 2018.

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Photo of Baroness Benjamin Baroness Benjamin Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether UK law enforcement agencies have experienced any new or increased difficulties or obstacles in their investigations since The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers changed the basis on which WHOIS data can be accessed.

Photo of Baroness Benjamin Baroness Benjamin Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers' changes to accessing WHOIS data have materially affected or delayed any investigations into online crimes against (1) adults, and (2) children, since they came into force; and whether any UK law enforcement agencies have had to incur additional expenditure as a result of those rules in order to further their investigations into such matters.

Photo of Baroness Benjamin Baroness Benjamin Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many criminal investigations have (1) had to be abandoned, and (2) taken an unusual amount of time to investigate since The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers' changes to accessing WHOIS data came into effect; and what has been the effect on victims of crime.

Photo of Baroness Williams of Trafford Baroness Williams of Trafford The Minister of State, Home Department, Minister for Equalities (Department for International Development)

Whilst changes to WHOIS access have presented difficulties for some UK law enforcement investigations, the UK Government does not hold statistical data on the impact of these changes.

The Government is working with law enforcement and other affected stakeholders to ensure these impacts are mitigated, including through engagement with ICANN and industry to identify solutions.

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