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Government ignoring threat to Internet says Lords committee

The House of Lords' Science and Technology Committee's five point plan which was submitted to the UK government and proposed a clear agenda on how to tackle e-crime and other threats to the Internet, has been bluntly ignored by the UK Government.

The Register (opens in new tab) adds that "Proposals in the committee's Personal Internet Security report included establishing a centralised and automated system for the reporting of e-crime and enacting US-style data breach notification disclosure laws."

The Earl of Erroll, a member of the committee that undertook the inquiry, said that overall the Government’s response is a huge disappointment as all the 23 recommendations proposed were dismissed.

The committee heard compelling evidence of substantial amounts of e-crime and they were entirely persuaded that individuals were unable, on their own, to continue to keep themselves secure.

They were also particularly worried that the Government does not have any tool to measure all forms of e-crime - in order to get a reliable picture of the problem - and they do not want one...

"The Government ‘do not see that there is a need’ for this" was the official reply. The Earl of Erroll likened the Government's approach to an ostrich : "putting their head in the sand.”

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.