Computer Crime Research Center


Internet law: prosecution of cybercrime

Date: July 02, 2007

The prosecution of cybercrime by law enforcement agencies encounters many obstacles, detailed in other summaries dealing with cybercrime prosecution. As a result, several alternatives to cybercrime prosecution have been proposed, including self-help measures, community vigilance, and collaboration with the private sector.

In the digital environment, traditional notions of centralized intelligence gathering, risk management and the imposition of sanctions exclusively controlled by the state may not always be the most effective solution. Consequently, alternative solutions have been emerging, in the forms of new policing models, or even in the form of delegation of powers to non-governmental entities. Public-private collaborations, self-help measures, private guards, community vigilance and collective sanctioning have been proposed. These innovative methods present undeniable advantages, but may also create new risks in terms of protection of civil liberties.
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