The Criminal Justice (Offences Relating to Information Systems) Act 2017 was enacted on 24 May 2017. The main purpose of the Act is to give effect to provisions of EU Directive 2013/40/EU on attacks against information systems.
The Act creates new offences relating to:
- unauthorised access of information systems
- interference with information systems or with data on such systems
- interception of transmission of data to or from information systems and
- the use of tools to facilitate the commission of these offences
The Act also amends the Criminal Damage Act 1991, the Bail Act 1997 and the Criminal Justice Act 2011, and provides for related matters.