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Shadow Home Secretary sets out anti-cybercrime plans at Labour Party conference

Shadow Home Secretary outlines tough consequences for online offenders.

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The shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper has announced a crackdown on cybercrime during the last day of the Labour Party Conference.

Cooper said if a Labour Government comes to power after the next general election it will launch a targeted clampdown on digital crimes such as internet shopping fraud.

Cooper outlined two new initiatives the party would create to help combat online crime. The first, FraudWatch, is a new industry-backed body modelled on the Internet Watch Foundation that would target internet fraudsters.

The second is a programme dubbed Police First', modelled on Teach First, which would aim to recruit the brightest technology graduates into the police force to bolster their abilities to counter cybercrime.

"We live our lives online now, but criminals know that too and that is where they are going," Cooper told delegates.

"It is a big risk for business ... [and] when banks are forced to write off much fraud we all lose out by higher charges," she said.

Cooper also criticised the current Home Secretary, Theresa May, for not doing enough to combat cybercrime.

"In the face of 21st Century crime what we need is leadership and if the Tories won't provide it, we will," she said.

Furthermore, Cooper hit out at the Education Secretary Michael Gove for blocking the internet from being mentioned in sex education classes.

She claimed a Labour Government would update the curriculum to include information on sex and the internet and make such lessons compulsory.

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