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Ban Pcs hacking PCs without warrant, MEP urges

PUBLISHED: 18:00 13 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:57 05 October 2010

Syed... concerned for civil liberties

Syed... concerned for civil liberties

POLICE should be banned from hacking into computers of suspects without a court order. That’s the call from London Euro MP Syed Kamall following a report from the European Commission encouraging Pcs to hack PCs. Dr Kamall is concerned that the powers are an attack on civil liberties

POLICE should be banned from hacking into computers of suspects without a court order.

That’s the call from London Euro MP Syed Kamall following a report from the European Commission encouraging Pcs to hack PCs.

British cops used these powers 194 times last year alone, the MEP points out.

But Dr Kamall is concerned that the powers are an attack on civil liberties and should be subject to the same rules as a search warrant on homes which need permission of a magistrate.

“People store all their confidential information on their home computers,” he says.

“It is only right that we should have courts say whether computers can be searched.

“Getting the court permission as with search warrants is a swift process and there is no reason to remove this necessity for computers.”

The European Report did not give police new powers—but called instead on officers to use existing powers to hack computers should they have it, in a bid to reduce cyber’ crime.

Police in the UK need the permission of a Chief Constable to undertake a hacking operation.


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