Businesses could be liable for criminal offences under proposed cyber attack laws
“The Committee overwhelmingly voted to approve proposals to criminalise certain activity relating to cyber attacks last week. The proposals contain plans to make specified “legal persons” within companies liable for certain offences.
“Legal persons would be liable for offences committed for their benefit (e.g. a company would be liable for hiring a hacker to get access to a competitor’s database), whether deliberately or through a lack of supervision,” the European Parliament said in a statement. “They would also face penalties such as exclusion for entitlement to public benefits or judicial winding-up.””