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Crime: Computers

Volume 458: debated on Monday 19 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) prosecutions were brought and (b) convictions obtained in the last five years for offences under the Computer Misuse Act 1990. (126727)

The information requested, taken from the court proceedings database held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform, is provided in the following table.

Number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates' courts and found guilty at all courts for offences under the Computer Misuse Act 1990, England and Wales 2001-20051,2

2001

2002

2003

Offence description

Principal statute

Proceeded against

Found guilty

Proceeded against

Found guilty

Proceeded against

Found guilty

Unauthorised access with intent to commit or facilitate commission of further offences

Computer Misuse Act 1990 S.2

4

3

6

5

9

3

Unauthorised modification of computer material3

Computer Misuse Act 1990 S.3

12

12

8

7

3

1

Unauthorised access to computer material

Computer Misuse Act 1990 S.1

9

9

4

2

7

1

20042005

Offence description

Principal statute

Found guilty

Proceeded against

Found guilty

Proceeded against

Unauthorised access with intent to commit or facilitate commission of further offences

Computer Misuse Act 1990 S.2

6

2

11

7

Unauthorised modification of computer material3

Computer Misuse Act 1990 S.3

10

7

8

5

Unauthorised access to computer material

Computer Misuse Act 1990 .1

5

3

5

4

1 These data are provided on the principal offence basis. 2 Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used. 3 Data for Essex police force area for this offence in 2001 show 7 convictions for which there are no prosecutions. These data have been omitted from the table. Source: RDS - Office for Criminal Justice Reform