Feeds

BOFHs will legally need licence to work

Legislation slips past in last week of Parliament

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

The essential guide to IT transformation

The ludicrous Home Office legislation that has accidentally involved sysadmins in its aim to licence security people such as bouncers and wheel-clampers has been passed in the last week of Parliament before the election and is now law.

As we've reported before, thanks to some sloppy drafting the new law failed to include the word "physical" when talking about licensing security people, leading to the IT industry, the CBI, CSSA and FIPR realising that the law essentially requires sysadmins to have a licence.

Despite extensive lobbying by these groups and even a recognition by the government that the legislation was not intended to include IT folk, it actively prevented the clause being adjusted. The Bill has now gone through its final stages and the amendment was voted out by 315 to 111.

The government's behaviour is inexcusable and it is hard to see it as anything but spite because of the hard time the IT industry has given the Home Office in the last few years because of its misplaced legislation regarding computers and the Internet.

The minister behind the Bill, Charles Clarke was eerily enough also the man behind the RIP Act. He has assured IT people that the government has no intention of licensing them, but has completely failed to explain why he therefore left in a clause that did precisely that.

"It is our fundamental principle to ensure the Bill is targeted at those specialist providers of security services who we have indicated we want to regulate, and that we do not inadvertently catch groups that are not relevant to our policy aims," was the best he could come up with.

Whaddaya make of that then? ®

Related Stories

BOFHs to need a bouncer licence
CBI to lobby against anti-IT bill
SysAdmins to need a licence from Home Office?

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
6 Obvious Reasons Why Facebook Will Ban This Article (Thank God)
Clampdown on clickbait ... and El Reg is OK with this
Kaspersky backpedals on 'done nothing wrong, nothing to fear' blather
Founder (and internet passport fan) now says privacy is precious
TROLL SLAYER Google grabs $1.3 MEEELLION in patent counter-suit
Chocolate Factory hits back at firm for suing customers
Facebook, Google and Instagram 'worse than drugs' says Miley Cyrus
Italian boffins agree with popette's theory that haters are the real wrecking balls
Mozilla's 'Tiles' ads debut in new Firefox nightlies
You can try turning them off and on again
Sit tight, fanbois. Apple's '$400' wearable release slips into early 2015
Sources: time to put in plenty of clock-watching for' iWatch
Facebook to let stalkers unearth buried posts with mobe search
Prepare to HAUNT your pal's back catalogue
Ex-IBM CEO John Akers dies at 79
An era disrupted by the advent of the PC
prev story

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Advanced data protection for your virtualized environments
Find a natural fit for optimizing protection for the often resource-constrained data protection process found in virtual environments.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.