Police plan e-crime forum

The State Services Commission, the Police and the New Zealand Security Association are to co-host an electronic crime forum in Wellington next month.

EDS and Deloittes are providing some of the keynote speakers on the ramifications of electronic crime in New Zealand.

"It's really about raising awareness and discussing the broader issues surrounding this new e-crimes era, not just talking about the Crimes Amendment Bill," says Police spokesman Hamish McCardle. "We're talking about government getting more and more online and making it easier for citizens to deal with different parts of government but we have to be careful to provide security, and that needs discussing."

McCardle says the forum will be part of a larger NZSA conference. "I don't expect we will come away from the meeting with a hard and fast plan of what to do next but we should at the very least start the ball rolling."

McCardle expects discussion on the question of whether the Police is the right organisation to deal with electronic crime. "We're a large, slow-moving, process-driven organisation and we may not be the best way of dealing with online crime. Perhaps we should look at setting up a separate body like the Serious Fraud Office that can specialise in this area."

However, putting responsibility in the hands of a private contractor probably wouldn't sit well with the public, he feels.

Details about the forum, which will be held on June 28, along with a registration form, will shortly be posted on the NZSA Web site.

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