New Jersey taking hard look at computer crime
- By Eric Kulisch
- Oct 02, 2000
Two New Jersey agencies are calling for the state to strengthen its laws,
enhance law enforcement training and beef up education programs to combat
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 a report to increase awareness of computer
crime among legislators, government officials, teachers, parents and consumers
so that all of those groups could contribute to strategies for combating
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.
Proposed reforms include:
* Strengthening New Jersey's 1984 computer crime law by adding language
that defines technological advances consistent with federal statutes.
* Allocating more money to train law enforcement personnel, investigators
and civil attorneys.
* Keeping compensation for key computer enforcement personnel on par
with private industry.
* Teaching students at all levels to recognize computer crime.
* Providing filtering software in schools and libraries, and possibly
software to track Internet use in schools.
* Developing policies on acceptable Internet use in schools.
* Requiring Internet access providers to make it easier for law enforcement
to gain access to records of customer use.
* Urging 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.