E-crime group eyes integrated approach

The government-private industry working group on electronic crime expects to establish by early next year a work programme and a firm set of pressing issues.

The government-private industry working group on electronic crime expects to establish by early next year a work programme and a firm set of pressing issues.

The police representative on the group, Murray Sim, says that for the present the group is concentrating on its own constitution and prospects for partnership with similar groups overseas.

A survey done for the group’s first meeting in June showed that broadly equivalent exercises in co-operation overseas were only loosely coordinated. The organisations involved were duplicating work and “tripping over one another’s feet”, says Chris Roberts of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, who ran the exercise. The group therefore sees an opportunity to establish a more integrated style of collaboration, which could be unique in the world on the e-crime front, Sim says.

The group has been organising further e-crime forums to spark broad awareness and interest, particularly among businesses. The next will be held in Auckland in March next year.

The New Zealand group has been maintaining strong links with its Australian equivalent; police commissioner Rob Robinson sits on the ruling committee of the latter group. Relationships with a number of other local and overseas agencies are also being maintained and extended, says Sim.

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