The web is growing day by day however this is not always positive growth, although crime in the UK has fallen from its peak, there has been a clear increase in online crime, card fraud and online banking crimes are not included in the criminal statistics however the office for national statistics said that if they were included they would expect that the number of criminal offences recorded in 2012-13 would of increased by 3.7 million, other examples of the criminal activity that is active within the web are film piracy, scams and indecent images.
A commissioned poll by research firm Vision Critical for Get Safe Online Week 2014 which lasted six days in October suggested that 51% of Britons have been affected by online crime, however only 32% reported the crime, is this right? It seems that the web is too big to regulate and police properly with far to many opportunities to conduct criminal activity. A very recent example of this is the problem of online child abuse, the national crime agency have said that it is impossible to prosecute every offender so they need to target more serious offenders, is this fair? I believe that the search engine operators should monitor this more and act as a preventer, I have already mentioned in a previous blog that online transactions are clearly not safe even with algorithms in place and it is clear that many other online crimes are becoming more prominent, the web is growing without restriction and Is not monitored by its providers well enough which leaves a strain on the police. There is no clear way to fix this and as the creator of the web has recently said: “the internet has mirrored the dark side of humanity”.
The Independent, 2014. National Crime Agency says system realistically can’t prosecute all 50,000 child sex offenders. [online] Available from: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/national-crime-agency-says-that-realistically-the-system-cant-persecute-all-50000-child-sex-offenders-9806790.html
Financial Times, 2014. Cyber scams and credit card fraud undermine UK crime figures – FT.com. [online] Available from: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/3d9d6f24-5524-11e4-89e8-00144feab7de.html#axzz3H4Ax2ygQ
Anon, 2014. [online] Available from: http://half-of-britons-have-been-victims-of-cyber-crime-but-many-dont-know-where-to-report-it [Accessed 24 Oct. 2014].