HL Deb 19 December 2000 vol 620 c45WA
The Earl of Northesk

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How, in the context of network anonymity and privacy, they respond to the NymIP project. [HL142]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord Bassam of Brighton)

The Government take a close interest in any technological developments that may be misused in a malicious or criminal way. Anonymity services misused in such a way can impact upon the capability of Internet service providers to deal with network abuses such as unsolicited bulk messaging (spam), tracing and preventing denial-of-service attacks and unauthorised access to computer systems (hacking). They can also impact upon the capability of law enforcement to detect and investigate crime.

Working in co-operation with industry at home and abroad, through the Internet Crime Forum and the GB Government-Industry Dialogue on Security and Confidence in Cyberspace, the Government will continue to seek to ensure that where anonymity services are misused for criminal purposes that misuse can be effectively investigated.