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Wenote, but do not accept, the Committee's view that security researchers are at risk of being criminalised because of the recent amendment to the Computer Misuse Act (CMA), namely the new section 3A offence which criminalises the making, supplying or obtaining of articles for use in offences under section 1 or 3 CMA. We believe that it is right that those in the legitimate IT security sector, who make, adapt and supply tools as part of their daily work should have confidence that the new offence will be used appropriately and be assured that their practices and procedures fall within the law. The CPS is currently drafting guidance on how the new section 3A offence will be dealt with and this will be issued shortly.

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