Reforming the Computer Misuse Act 1990

Dr Audrey Guinchard, Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Essex, is delighted to attend at Westminster today’s launch event for ‘Reforming the Computer Misuse Act 1990’. The reform project was undertaken by the Criminal Law Reform Now Network (CRLN Network), headed by Dr John Child (University of Birmingham), upon Audrey’s proposal to tackle, what she argues, are the many flaws of the Computer Misuse Act 1990 (CMA).

The breadth of the CMA offences is such that non-culpable actors are criminalised, whether they are security researchers, journalists, or academics working on cyber-threats. After a multi-stakeholders collaboration of two years, the project has led to a series of recommendations to make the CMA fit for the 21st century. We encourage you all to join the debate on twitter #CMAReform.

The full report is available on the CRLN Network website. Audrey’s research on the criminalisation of security research and the need for reform can be read here. For information on one of the leading industry representatives supporting the project, the NCC group, see here

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