Computer Misuse Act
As computers became more and more important for both people and businesses, it was apparent that some people misused computer systems.
This misuse resulted in businesses losing money and trade secrets.
Citizens had their privacy compromised and personal details stolen for financial gain.
In order to respond to this problem, parliament created the 'Computer Misuse Act' in 1990.
It created three new offences
- Unauthorised access to computer material
- Unauthorised access with intent to commit a crime
- Unauthorized modification of computer material
The Act made it clear that abusing computer systems was no longer tolerated.