European Data Protection Digest

Proposed Law Would Criminalise Hacks


April 6, 2012

The European Parliament is proposing laws to harmonise cybercriminal penalties with punishments ranging from two to five years in prison. Parliament approved the draft law, which would also make companies liable for hacks that could benefit them, ZDNet reports. The proposal effectively criminalises hacks against networks, databases or websites across Europe, whereas now the rules differ from one member state to the next. It would also criminalise "illegal access, interference or interception of data," the report states.
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