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Lords Prep 'Personal Internet Security' Follow-up
By: MarkJ - 21 February, 2008 (1:26 PM)

Disappointment at the Government's response to its initial report has prompted The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee to undertake a short follow-up inquiry to their August 2007 report covering 'Personal Internet Security'.

The Government’s response was published in October 2007. Many of the Committee’s recommendations were rejected, including calls for the introduction of a data breach notification law, increased resources and skills for the police to deal with internet-based crime and the reversal of the requirement that victims of online card fraud report the crime to their banks rather than to the police:

Commenting Lord Sutherland, Chairman of the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee, said: “The Committee was disappointed with the Government’s response to its report. We felt they had failed to address some of our key concerns about people’s security on the internet.

The House of Lords is likely to be debating the report in the summer and to ensure that the debate is as well informed as possible we have decided to seek key stakeholders’ views on the Government’s response.

We have written to witnesses who gave oral evidence to the original inquiry and to those who attended an inquiry seminar. We will also be holding a public evidence session with Government officials before publishing our follow-up report early in the summer.

Since publication of the Government’s response, circumstances have changed. Following the loss of confidential data by HM Revenue and Customs, for example, the Government have now, in accordance with the Committee’s recommendation, increased the powers of the Information Commissioner to inspect organisations holding sensitive data on members of the public.

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