Cybercrime legislation

Progress on both sides of the Atlantic in strengthening national laws against cybercrime. In the States, the House Judiciary Committee has approved a bill that proposes some fairly robust measures against transgressors. This seems the sort of toughening up that is needed in response to the increasing professionalism of cybercriminals. However, current debate in the UK’s House of Lords shows that hastily drafted legislation that carries a big stick can create unintended consequences. Let’s hope that the US bill receives thorough consideration before it passes the House and Senate.