Sentence increase for viewing terror content online

Marcus Newton
October 5, 2017

Similarly the crackdown on the sale of corrosive substances would mirror laws on knives, which bans the sale to under 18's and involves a penalty of six months in prison, or a fine.

People under 18 will be banned from buying acid under proposals, Britain's Interior Minister Home Secretary Amber Rudd announced Tuesday.

Intelligence agencies in the country should have access to messages on platforms like WhatsApp even if they are encrypted because violent extremists use the technology to hide their communications, particularly the logistics and planning of terrorist operations, Rudd said in March. "Endless surgeries. Lives ruined", she said to delegates at the conference in Manchester.

Sulphuric acid is also used to manufacture some types of homemade explosives, she added.

The government is also planning to prevent people from carrying corrosive liquids in public, in response to the rise in acid attacks.

"I want to make sure those who view despicable terrorist content online, including jihadi websites, far-right propaganda and bomb-making instructions, face the full force of the law", she said.

Compared with the rest of the country, London, in particular has seen a sharp rise in acid attacks, with 454 reported past year, up from 261 in 2015.

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'This is how we will help make our communities safer as crime changes, ' said the home secretary.

"When the Home Secretary won't even mention the target in her keynote conference speech, it's clear the policy has lost all credibility and Cabinet support".

Among a raft of measures, Mrs Rudd announced a major investment in technology which will track down indecent images of children online and remove them at an unprecedented rate.

She said: "We have seen what could be interpreted as a shift towards crude attacks, with lone or few attackers, using everyday items".

In its ongoing war against online extremism the United Kingdom government has said it intends to change the law to bring in tougher sentences for people who repeat view terrorist content online - increasing the maximum penalty to up to 15 years behind bars.

She also said the government was continuing to "urgently press" internet companies to do more to stop such material being available on their platforms in the first place.

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