Rushcliffe MP Ruth Edwards has welcomed the Government’s backing of her campaign to review the Computer Misuse Act.
Ruth, who is a Member of the Home Affairs Select Committee, led strategy for BT’s cyber security business prior to becoming an MP.
She saw first-hand the huge range and volume of threats which individuals, companies and government agencies face on a daily basis.
As someone who worked in the sector, Ruth is delighted that the Government is taking strong action to tackle computer misuse and will review the legislation which was passed more than 30 years ago.
Speaking at a virtual National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) webinar yesterday, the Home Secretary told attendees that the Government will review the Computer Misuse Act (1990). This is something Ruth called for while in industry and has pushed since being elected in 2019.
In November 2020, Ruth contributed to a joint report by techUK and lobby group CyberUp which called for these reforms.
Speaking in response to the announcement, Ruth said:
“This is a great step in the right direction. The Computer Misuse Act was world leading when it was introduced in 1990 but the digital world has now changed beyond recognition. It’s vital that we have up to date laws so that the UK is the safest place to do business online and a destination of choice for leading cyber security suppliers. We need to make sure our laws enable rather than inhibit cyber security researchers from protecting us online.”
The Home Secretary announced that a call for evidence will be started by the Government later this year.