Jersey taking hard look at computer crime
- By Eric Kulisch
- Aug 25, 2000
Two New Jersey agencies are calling for the state to strengthen its computer
crime laws, enhance law enforcement training, and beef up education programs
to combat computer-related crime.
Concerned about the proliferation of child sexual abuse, fraud, identity
theft, hacking, cyberstalking, espionage and other criminal activities associated
with computer use and telecommunications technology, the State Commission
of Investigation (SCI) and the Office of the Attorney General teamed to
produce a comprehensive evaluation of the threat within New Jersey.
The agencies recently released the report to increase awareness of computer
crime among legislators, government officials, teachers, parents and consumers,
so all of those groups can contribute to strategies for combatting the problem,
said Lee Seglem, SCI executive assistant. "Overall, this puts New Jersey
on a sound footing to provide some leadership in this realm to the rest
of the nation," he said.
Highlights of reform called for in the report include:
* Strengthen New Jersey's 1984 computer crime law by adding language
that defines technological advances consistent with federal statutes.
* Allocate more money to train law enforcement personnel, investigators
and civil attorneys.
* Keep compensation for key computer enforcement personnel on a par
with private industry.
* Teach students at all levels how to recognize computer crime.
* Provide filtering software in schools and libraries and consider the
use of software to track Internet use in schools.
*Develop policies on acceptable Internet use in schools.
* Require Internet access providers to make it easier for law enforcement
to gain access to records of customer use.
* Urge the New Jersey legislature to call on the federal government
to prevent online vendors and interactive computer services from collecting
private information without customer consent and from distributing unsolicited
and misleading e-mail.