Ben Laurie blathering

Lie To A Computer, Go To Jail

In a move that I think best described as interesting, the Attorney General, Lord Goldsmith, has added a clause to the Fraud Bill making it illegal to “dishonestly make a false representation … to any system or device designed to receive, convey or respond to communications (with or without human intervention) … to make a gain … or … cause a loss” (I wonder how one honestly makes a false representation?).

Since much spam, particularly phishing, involves lying, presumably this makes some spam a criminal offence. I wonder if we’ll have any luck interesting the police in it?

I also wonder if this might prove to be a little too far-reaching, though I’ll admit I can’t currently think of a case where bad things happen.


  1. hmm. Would it prohibit a person from lying in those stupid “customer surveys” that some companies force you to complete before you can view their websites / order from them / whatever, I wonder…?

    Comment by Chris Lightfoot — 26 Mar 2006 @ 19:42

  2. Erroneous information is false but not dishonest.

    Comment by Anton Sherwood — 27 Mar 2006 @ 4:39

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