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Cybersecurity laws in the US and UK

Kathleen Rice and Huw Beverley-Smith consider the effects of cybersecurity legislation on data protection and privacy, both at home and abroad

22 December 2015

Recent legislative
activity in both the
US and UK signals
that cybersecurity remains
at the forefront of national security priorities for lawmakers. At its broadest, cybersecurity concerns
the integrity of information stored electronically and the communications infrastructure which allows the free flow of such information.

Governments, businesses, and individuals require protection from unlawful access, disclosure, or interference with communications networks - whether by criminals, private bodies, state-backed organisations, 'hacktivists',
or political and religious extremists.

Such laws require a
delicate balance between
the competing interests of individuals' privacy in their
data and communications
and broader government and corporate interests in ensuring security.

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