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NCJ Number: 97792 Find in a Library
Title: Computer Crime and Punishment - The View From the DA's Office
Journal: Information Stategy - The Executive's Journal  Volume:1  Issue:2  Dated:(Winter 1985)  Pages:11-15,17
Author(s): J Gish
Date Published: 1985
Page Count: 6
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: In an interview, Philadelphia District Attorney Edward G. Rendell explains the complex legal issues involved in computer crime and its prosecution.
Abstract: Among problems associated with combating computer crime are (1) the lack of public interest in this nonviolent crime and the attitude that prosecution is sufficient punishment of such crimes, (2) the need to assign priority to violent crimes, and (3) hesitancy on the part of victimized companies to report computer crime. The difficulties posed for law enforcement officers as a result of the lag between the development of computer technologies and the legislative response needed to deal with their control also is discussed, together with problems in defining computer crime in terms of existing law. Some of these problems should be alleviated by the Pennsylvania statute which makes accessing without proper authority a crime in and off itself. Passage of the Counterfeit Access Device and Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1984 will lead to dual Federal/State jurisdiction and investigation. Rendell suggests that companies report computer-related crime to the District Attorney, have adequate security, and create a watchful climate that will act as a deterrent. Additional considerations in the decision by companies to prosecute these crimes are examined. These include cost, use of effective investigation techniques, deterrence, minimizing and compensating for damage, civil liability, and availavility of legal resources.
Index Term(s): Computer crime prevention measures; Computer privacy and security; Computer related crime; Computer-related crime legislation; Contract law enforcement; Prosecution
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