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Criminal Investigation: Internet

Question for Home Office

UIN HL12224, tabled on 12 December 2018

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many criminal investigations have (1) had to be abandoned, and (2) taken an unusual amount of time to investigate since The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers' changes to accessing WHOIS data came into effect; and what has been the effect on victims of crime.

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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