Entries with tag proposed legislation.

UK Government Amending Law, Wants Life Sentence for Malicious Hackers

The UK government wants to amend its current laws to let judges give a life sentence to computer hackers whose misdeeds result in loss of life or threaten national security. The 1990 Computer Misuse Act now gives hackers a maximum sentence of ten years. In the newly introduced Serious Crime Bill, cyberattacks resulting in loss of life, serious illness or injury, or serious damage to national security carry a life sentence while those resulting in serious economic or environmental damage carry a 14-year sentence. “Malicious hackers who risk triggering deadly civil unrest by cutting off food distribution, telephone networks, or energy supplies by sabotaging computer networks could be sentenced to life in prison,” according to the Telegraph. (SlashDot)(iTnews.com.au)(Telegraph)

Proposed Laws Would Keep Government-Funded Broadband Providers from Expanding into Markets Served by Private ISPs

Several US states—including Kansas and Utah—are considering legislation that would limit government-funded broadband networks built to serve specific communities from expanding to compete with private ISPs. Established providers say they have had to decrease prices to match those of these public-private backed services, such as in those communities with Google Fiber, and do not think private telecom firms should be forced to compete with taxpayer-funded services. For example, Utah’s proposed Interlocal Entity Service Prohibition law would prevent an open-access regional fiber consortium of cities known as UTOPIA (Utah Telecommunication Open Infrastructure Agency) from extending its network beyond its 16 member communities. UTOPIA says “the incumbent telecoms are welcome to join our network, but have elected not to.” Similar legislation proposed in Georgia failed to pass. (SlashDot)(The Consumerist -- 1)(The Consumerist -- 2)(Ars Technica)

Dutch Officials Propose Law Authorizing Police Hacking

Newly proposed legislation in the Netherlands would give Dutch police who investigate online crimes the right to hack into computers in the country or abroad, with judicial approval. In addition to reading e-mail, law enforcement officers could install spyware or destroy files to combat cybercrimes. The pending law would also make it a crime for an individual or company not to decrypt files as requested by law enforcement in the course of an investigation. The Dutch parliament is expected to vote on the bill by year’s end. Proponents say the law would address areas of concern such as child pornography, terrorism, and distributed denial-of-service attacks. Dutch privacy advocates say the law could set a dangerous precedent for government access to civilian computers. They contend that the problem is not a lack of police power but a shortage of knowledge and manpower. (PhysOrg)(Computerworld)(BBC)(Ministerie van Veiligheid en Justitie)

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