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New powers for police to hack into UK computers
Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act flaunts its ugly head
Police in the UK will be allowed to hack into personal computers
without a court order after being controversially granted permission
by the Home Office.
The practice has reportedly already been quietly adopted over the UK,
using technology to search computers of those suspected of cyber-crime
Hacking into computers is more normally the domain of the cyber-
criminal, and the police insist that the practice needs to be adopted
in order to deal with the hi-tech crime being perpetrated.
A chief constable must currently okay the use of hacking on a case by
case basis, but inevitably human rights and privacy groups are up in
arms about the news that the power is being broadened.
Rifling through people's paperwork
"This is no different from breaking down someone's door, rifling
through their paperwork and seizing their computer hard drive,"
Liberty's high profile director Shami Chakrabati told The Independent.
The police have confirmed that they have carried out 194 hacking
operations in 2007 and 2008: 133 in private homes, 37 in offices and
24 in hotels.
"The police service in the United Kingdom will aggressively pursue
serious and organised criminality, including where that takes the
modern forms of hi-tech crime," said a spokesperson for the police.
By Patrick Goss
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