Cybercrime and the Law in Ireland: How present is the danger of becoming a victim of cybercrime and how does the law in Ireland act as a protector and a deterrent?

McCarthy, Melissa (2010) Cybercrime and the Law in Ireland: How present is the danger of becoming a victim of cybercrime and how does the law in Ireland act as a protector and a deterrent? Diploma thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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"A 2009 study on privacy by Nokia Siemens Networks found that Web users were most concerned about identity theft, with 24% considering that the worst misuse of their online information possible." (eMarketer Inc. 2010)

In Ireland reported cases of cybercrime including identity theft by phishing have been on the increase since 2003. But what laws are in place in the State to help the victim and deter the criminal? Academically Ireland is at the forefront of tackling and preventing cybercrime (UCD CCI).
However, in respect to the Irish legal system, this paper demonstrates the laws of this State are insufficient when it comes to protecting those online and deterring the criminals who want to take advantage. For example, there is no one individual Act of legislation in this country for computer crime and our laws in respect to this are made up of lots of little amendments to the existing rules.

Therefore, it is up to the individual along with assistance of some dedicated private and public organisations to lead the fight against the cybercrimes of phishing and identity theft.

The areas of cybercrime, legislation and preventative measures which are discussed in this paper are as follows:

Chapter 1 investigates the most prevalent cybercrimes affecting Irish citizens and origins of cybercrime in Ireland.

Chapter 2 examines current Irish legislation on computer crime and its effectiveness both as an aid and a deterrent.

Chapter 3 includes a sampling of some of the documents and articles reviewed by the author inborder to gain a better understanding of the current academic and legal perspectives on cybercrime.

Chapter 4 examines additional groups outside of Irish legislation whose aim is to fight against and prevent cybercrimes. While these agencies work within the law, they are more effective in the fight again cybercriminals than the Acts themselves.

Chapter 5 reviews the advice given from the agencies assessed earlier in the paper on how to avoid becoming a victim.

Chapter 6 summaries how the research for this paper was conducted (primary, secondary and otherwise).

Chapter 7 draws the paper to a close including recommendations for further research.

Item Type: Thesis (Diploma)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare > Criminology > Crimes and Offences > Cyber Crime
K Law > KDK Republic of Ireland
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > ZA Information resources > ZA4150 Computer Network Resources > The Internet
T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics. Nuclear engineering > Telecommunications > The Internet
Divisions: School of Computing > Higher Diploma in Business in eBusiness
Depositing User: SINEAD CORCORAN
Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2011 10:04
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2015 15:05

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