U.K.: Tories Release New Cybercrime Plan

By Matthew Harwood

Britain's Conservative Party has drafted a series of plans to tackle the growing threat from cybercrime, reports the Guardian.

The primary recommendation of the plan is to create the new post of cybersecurity chief inside the Home Office. In addition, the Conservatives seek the establishment of a new center where the public can report online crime, as well as a new Police National Cybercrime Unit and a new unit of cybercrime specialists inside the Crown Prosecution Service.

The Conservatives also want to creat a new offense where government employees or contractors would also be held responsible for "reckless handling of personal data by government." This move, the Guardian says, capitalizes off of the government's recent personal data breaches.

Many of the Tories proposals stem from this House of Lords' report from last August, which said the Internet is now percieved to be "the wild west."

The report worried that the growing perception of criminals lurking in cyberspace could harm the public's confidence in the Internet, which could have devastating results because it has grown into a critical part of the national infrastructure and an engine of innovation and economic growth. Thus, the report argues the government should provide incentives for organizations to promote Internet security and if that doesn't work, government must step in and regulate Internet security standards directly.

David Davis, the shadow home secretary, said his party's proposals could be implemented if the Conservatives regain control of Parliament after the next general election.


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