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President's Working Group on Unlawful Conduct on the Internet

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The interagency President's Working Group on Unlawful Conduct on the Internet, chaired by the U.S. Attorney General, was established to provide an initial analysis of legal and policy issues surrounding the use of the Internet for illegal purposes.

Specifically, the Working Group considered (1) the extent to which existing federal laws are sufficient to address unlawful conduct involving the use of the Internet; (2) the extent to which new tools, capabilities, or legal authorities may be needed for effective investigation and [[prosecution] of such conduct; and (3) the potential for using education and empowerment tools to minimize the risks from such conduct.

In February 2000, the Working Group issued its final report — The Electronic Frontier: The Challenge of Unlawful Conduct Involving the Use of the Internet.

Membership Edit

Members of the Working Group included the U.S. Attorney General, who served as chair of the Working Group; the Director of the Office of Management and Budget; the Secretary of the Treasury; the Secretary of Commerce; the Secretary of Department of Education; the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; the Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration; the Chair of the Federal Trade Commission; and the Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration.

In addition, given their interest and expertise in the subject matter, representatives from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the U.S. Customs Service, the Department of Defense, the Department of State, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science, the Postal Inspection Service, the U.S. Secret Service, and the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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