Bill Strengthens Internet Criminal Sentencing

    Date21 Dec 2001
    CategoryGovernment
    3000
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    A new bill introduced this month in the House of Representatives would give judges greater power to apply tough sentences to online criminals. The bill, H.R. 3482 - the Cyber Security Enhancement Act of 2001 - was introduced by House . . . A new bill introduced this month in the House of Representatives would give judges greater power to apply tough sentences to online criminals. The bill, H.R. 3482 - the Cyber Security Enhancement Act of 2001 - was introduced by House Science Committee Chairman Sherwood Boehlert, R-N.Y., and Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, and would give judges additional factors to consider in sentencing cybercriminals.

    The legislation would require the U.S. Sentencing Commission to consider factors in drawing up new sentencing guidelines such as the potential and actual loss resulting from online crimes, the level of sophistication used in planning the crime, whether the crime was committed for personal or financial benefit, how Internet user privacy is affected, and whether government computer systems were compromised in the crime.

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