Lords to hit government for six with online security report

03/07/2008

The House of Lords Science Committee has announced that it will be publishing a second report looking at personal internet security next week.

The committee initially examined the issue in a report last August, which recommended implementing several measures to protect online users.

These included introducing a data breach notification law as well as involving the police more heavily in cyber crime and security problems.

However, these findings were largely rejected by the government, which vehemently denied 'that the public has lost confidence in the internet and that lawlessness is rife'.

Lords' technical adviser Dr Richard Clayton forced an apology from the government after asking whether it was 'ignorant, stupid, or in the thrall of some special interest group?'

The new report, which will be issued next Tuesday (July 8th), will examine whether online security is being improved successfully and also offer more suggestions for protecting users of new technology.