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NEW TASK FORCE COULD TACKLE COMPUTER CRIME

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Police calls for a new law enforcement unit fighting computer-related crime are being considered very carefully by ...
Police calls for a new law enforcement unit fighting computer-related crime are being considered very carefully by the government, according to the Financial Times (p4).

The National Criminal Intelligence Service first put forward the idea in June.

Charles Clarke, home office minister, told a conference on high-technology crime yesterday that the government had to balance between promoting the UK as a centre for e-commerce and enforcing the tougher regulations demanded by law enforcement agencies.

Mr Clarke said: 'It is vital to support freedom of expression but it is even more vital to protect the public, especially vulnerable users.'

The precise legislative framework for e-commerce and police and security powers are yet to be worked out although an electronic communications bill from the government is scheduled to go before the next parliamentary session.
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