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[FYI] (Fwd) Security clamp on order at cyber cafe - eer not in China
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Subject: Security clamp on order at cyber cafe - eer not in China, in UK
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NCIS not so keen on cyber-cafes
Security clamp on order at cyber cafe
Daily Express, 08 July, 2000
BY LUCY McDONALD
SECURITY measures should be tightened in an attempt to deter
people from using cyber cafes for criminal activities, detectives said
Users can surf the Internet with complete anonymity, which makes the
places a haven for criminals. Soho nailbomber David Copeland visited
cyber cafes to downloaded bomb-making details from the world wide web.
Closed-circuit television, proof of identity and a greater emphasis on
recording users are options being considered by the National Crime
Mark Castell, head of the NCIS's hi-tech crime unit, said: "It is
obvious the anonymity offered by cyber cafes for criminals. The cafes
have to recognise criminal exploits."
The anonymity gives criminals huge advantages in acts ranging from
fraud to child abuse, said the director general of the NCIS John
Abbott. He said: "Hi-tech crime is growing and becoming a part of
everyday policing. Bobbies on the 'cyberbeat' will be doing exactly
what bobbies on the beat do now. Technology is moving very quickly,
and it's important the law enforcement agencies are up to the pace."
New powers and a more co-ordinated approach will help police to
crack down on hi-tech criminals, who already use the Internet for drug
dealing, malicious hacking, money laundering, paedophilia, blackmail
and credit card fraud. Officers also warned that Internet providers
should scrutinise companies more and that an increase in cyber crime
would be seen before measures - both from the police and industry -
are introduced to prevent it.
The controversial Regulation of Investigatory Powers Bill, which some
technology industry experts described as a "snoopers' charter"
enabling NCIS and MI5 to read every e-mail sent in the UK, is simply
updating current police powers, said Mr Abbott.
"There is a misconception that law enforcement has the time or the
inclination to be looking at every Tom, Dick and Harry's activities,"
he said. The United States has identified 1,600 suspect web sites in
C Express Newspapers, 2000
Mr. Yaman Akdeniz,
Director, Cyber-Rights & Cyber-Liberties (UK)
Tel: +44 (0)498 865116
Read the CR&CL (UK) Reports at:
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