The Computer Misuse Act 1990
By Kathleen Speller
The Incoming Act
What Happened To Need A Act?
As the computer became more involved in our everyday life- at work and at school- the government came under the realization that people could be misusing the computer system. People could cause businesses to loose money and compromised peoples privacy. People understood that hacking was wrong but there was no law against it and therefor no one could prevent it. But as the number of hacks grew the law passed the act in 1990.
29th June 1990- The Assent towards the act (The Assent is when the royal family approach an act and say if they will or will not be put into action.)
29th August 1990- The Commencement of the act (This is when the act became the act and was used.)
What Offences Did The Act Prevent?
- Unauthorized access to computer material
- Unauthorized access with intent to commit or facilitate a crime
- Unauthorized modification of computer material
- Making, supplying or obtaining anything which can be used in computer misuse offences