Computer Misuse Act 1990

By Johnathon Kemp

Cyber crime

We all hate it when a computer goes bust because of someone tampering with it, like a hacker or a cyber crime group. These groups target individuals via the internet through email and free software that can be messed with. To prevent hacking becoming a common part of computer use. The problem with the act is that it means that the government has to make a compromise between peoples privacy with data or their over all computer security

The computer misuse act

The computer misuse act was a piece of legislation introduced by parliament in 1990. Below is what you need to know:

· unauthorised access to computer material, punishable by 6 months' imprisonment or a fine "not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale" (currently £5000);

· unauthorised access with intent to commit or facilitate commission of further offences, punishable by 6 months/maximum fine on summary conviction or 5 years/fine on indictment;

· unauthorised modification of computer material, subject to the same sentences as section 2 offences.