UK Home Office mulls fighting hacking with corporate ASBOs

The Home Office is consulting on the possibility of applying serious crime prevention orders (AKA corporate ASBOs) to computer hacking laws. Serious crime prevention orders allow the courts to apply “injunctions” against criminal behaviour granted on the basis of the balance of probabilities rather than the much tougher standard of beyond reasonable doubt demanded in criminal cases. Breach of the orders would result in either a fine or imprisonment. Consultation on the plan to apply this type of regime to computer hacking offences will begin in November and last for three months…

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