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Introduction to cyber security: stay safe online
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2.8 What laws apply in your country?

Figure 10 British hacker Gary McKinnon, accused of accessing US Department of Defence and NASA computer systems, seen here outside the Royal Courts of Justice in January 2009 as he was fighting extradition charges

If you live or work outside the UK, or work in a multinational organisation or have links with another country, you might be wondering if there is an equivalent set of laws in your country of interest.

Activity 2 Laws in other countries

Timing: Allow about 20 minutes

Carry out some research into similar laws that might exist in the country you are interested in and note down the results in the space below.

Look for laws that address one of these aspects of information security:

  • data protection relating to living individuals
  • misuse of computers
  • investigatory powers
  • fraud.

Find out:

  • if equivalent laws exists
  • what are they called
  • what the differences are.

Based on your research, does it seem that the laws in other countries are similar, different or non-existent?

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