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Criminal Investigation: Internet

Question for Home Office

UIN HL12223, tabled on 12 December 2018

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers' changes to accessing WHOIS data have materially affected or delayed any investigations into online crimes against (1) adults, and (2) children, since they came into force; and whether any UK law enforcement agencies have had to incur additional expenditure as a result of those rules in order to further their investigations into such matters.

Answered on

21 December 2018

Whilst changes to WHOIS access have presented difficulties for some UK law enforcement investigations, the UK Government does not hold statistical data on the impact of these changes.

The Government is working with law enforcement and other affected stakeholders to ensure these impacts are mitigated, including through engagement with ICANN and industry to identify solutions.

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