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Parliamentary forum to discuss Police Central e-crime Unit

Speakers will include Alun Michael, the parliamentary under-secretary of state for the Home Office, and detective superintendent Charlie McMurdie of the newly-formed PCeU.

Last year, the government was urged to review the initial funding of £7m for the PCeU, with Conservative MP Nigel Evans and Liberal Democrat MP Tom Brake both reportedly being concerned that this was not enough.

Home office minister Alan Campbell however, allegedly claimed that the PCeU will be supported by other bodies under the £29m National Fraud programme, including the National Fraud Strategic Authority (NFSA) and the National Fraud Reporting Centre (NFRC).

Many believe the formation of the PCeU suggests a tacit admission from the government that it shouldn’t have ended the activity of the National Hi-Tech Crime Unit in 2006.

At Infosecurity Europe, McMurdie will give a keynote speech on ‘Who Should Police the Global Internet’, while James Brokenshire MP, shadow crime reduction minister, will speak on ‘The Dynamics of e-Crime’.

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