The House of Lords are to debate two reports on Internet Security this week.

 

The reports, published by the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee, detail Personal Internet Security and were published in August 2007 and July this year.

 

Both were influential in highlighting the lack of protection offered to internet users from online threats including fraud and identity theft, phishing and other email scams, bogus shopping websites and the risks associated with children's use of the internet.

 

The debate will take place in the House of Lords at around midday on Friday the 10th October. Lord Broers, who chaired the inquiry into Personal Internet Security, will open the debate.

 

Speaking ahead of the debate, Lord Broers, said: “In our initial report we raised concerns that public confidence in the Internet could be undermined if more was not done to prevent and prosecute e-crime. We felt that the Government, the police and the software developers were failing to meet their responsibilities and were quite unreasonably leaving individual users to fend for themselves

 

“Some of our recommendations, such as the establishment of a specialist e-crime police unit, are now being acted on by Government. But others, such as software developers liability for damage caused by security flaws and enabling people to report online fraud directly to the police rather than their bank, have either been ignored or are awaiting action.

 

“In our follow-up report we committed ourselves to keep an ongoing watch on developments in Internet security and to press the Government to do more to ensure that confidence in the Internet is maintained. This debate will enable members of the House to question the Government on what has been achieved and will allow members of the Committee to reassert their calls for better protection for Internet users.”