Terrorism Law

police officerUniversities and colleges are being urged by the UK government to take seriously the problem of extremism on their campuses. Practical guidance has been issued which points out universities and colleges responsibilities within the law and clarifies the legal position. You can find further details of the guidance (which is particular to England only) on the Department for Education and Skills website at - http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/pns/DisplayPN.cgi?pn_id=2006_0170.

The Terrorism Act 2006 contains a comprehensive package of measures designed to ensure that the police, intelligence agencies and courts have the tools they require to tackle terrorism and bring perpetrators to justice. Although not specifically information technology related, new criminal offences have been created including:

  • Acts Preparatory to Terrorism
  • Encouragement to Terrorism
  • Dissemination of Terrorist Publications
  • Terrorist training offences

It is likely that many of these crimes may well be committed or facilitated by computer use and FE and HE institutions should play their part in ensuring that such crimes are not committed or facilitated on their computer systems. Reporting suspicious activity to the police is essential.

Cyber Security Guidance

Aimed at UK businesses, this collection of documents offers advice from security and intelligence experts across government about how most cyber attacks can be prevented.

Equality Act 2010 - A Summary Guide for Public Sector Organisations

Guidance for public sector organisationsaims to make current equality law more consistent, clearer and easier to follow in order to make society fairer.

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UUK Report on Cyber Security and Institutions

This report focuses on the challenges institutions face from unauthorised attempts to access digital information.  

New Guidance for HE in Handling External Speakers

This guidance from Universities UK provides a framework for institutions to review and improve their own procedures when inviting external speakers to their university.

Twitter Comments Increasingly Used As Criminal Evidence

Remarks made on social media platforms are being used more and more as evidence in criminal cases.

New Guidance on Handling Social Media

The Director of Public Prosecutions has published final guidelines on when to prosecute offences relating to posts on social networks.

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