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Computer Misuse Act

The Computer Misuse Act 1990 was designed to clarify UK law with regards to the intentional malicious use of computers.

Many critics of the bill argue that malicious intention can't be readily established or proved. This view is cited because of the case that gave rise to the bill where what the defendants did, could not be classified as "computer crime" but rather as "inappropriate behaviour".

The UK Computer Misuse Act 1990 has acted as a blueprint for other countries when designing new laws concerned with computer crime.

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