UK government quietly rewrites cybersecurity legislation

The UK government has passed new legislation that exempts GCHQ, police, and other intelligence officers from prosecution for hacking into computers and mobile phones. The changes to the Computer Misuse Act were introduced over a year ago without a real public debate and entered into force on May 3.

According to Privacy International's legal experts, the amended Computer Misuse Act "grants UK law enforcement new leeway to potentially conduct cyber attacks within the UK."

Country: UK

Domains: Privacy IG

Stakeholder: Government

Tags: prosecution, hacking, law enforcement, public debate, new legislation, intelligence agencies, UK, GCHQ, fundamental rights, secret services, cybersecurity

Posted on Monday 18 May 2015

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