Is there an ‘Internet Police’?

‘Internet Police’ is actually a generic name of police and government agencies who are responsible for online issues, but their actual work content can be different by place.

Let me introduce you to Hong Kong’s ‘internet police’, the Cyber Security and Technology Crime Bureau (CSTCB). The bureau is under the Hong Kong Police Force, it is in charge of handling cybersecurity issues, and carrying out technology crime investigations, computer forensic examinations, and prevention of technology crime. The bureau also builds close relationships with local and overseas law enforcement agencies vigorously, so as to exchange experience, as well as crackdown cross-border technology crime.


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What does NCSS do?

Since cyber issues most of the time are largely identical but with minor differences, countries no matter is or is not EU member shares similar cybersecurity strategies, and the below are some of them,

  • To define a systematic and integrated approach to national risk management (e.g. trusted information sharing and national registries of risks).
  • To define and set the goals for awareness-raising campaigns that instil changes in the behaviour and working patterns of users.
  • Comprehensive research and development programs that focus on emerging security and resilience issues of current as well future systems and services (e.g. smart devices).

Of course, there are more than three commonly shared strategies, some countries even developed their own unique strategies, for more information, please feel free to visit the website.


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What is NCSS?

NCSS, stands for National Cybersecurity Strategies, it is probably an unfamiliar word to most of us, indeed, we normally do not access to this field. The reason why I would like to introduce NCSS to you is that after all we had discussed the importance of cybersecurity to children and individuals, I want to bring this matter to a higher level, national.

In order to have flexible and elastic cybersecurity strategies to meet the constantly changing cyber environment, NCSS was developed, according to ENISA, ‘NCSS is a plan of actions designed to improve the security and resilience of national infrastructures and services.’ So far, every country in the European Union has set NCSS as a pinpointed policy, this helps countries to avoid potential risks for instance, social and economic loss, caused by insecure cyberspace.

So far we have introduced and briefly discussed the types of cookies, and I bet some may wonder how to manage them.

Here are some suggestions for you to manage cookies:

  1. Open the browser.

Cookie is a piece of information stored in a file in a computer’s web browser, so the first step is to open the browser you use.

2. Find where the cookie stores.

Different web browsers have different settings, so cookies may be stored in different locations, but most of the time, cookies are stored under the privacy setting.

3. Manage cookie.

Web browsers provide a variety of privacy options to choose from, users can select the suitable one that meets their needs.

To conclude, cookie is actually two sides of the same coin. Cookie can be convenient, but also be dangerous if not using them appropriately.

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Computer Cookie

Basically, a computer cookie is a particular piece of data from a specific website that is sent and stored on a user’s computer while they are browsing the web.

The functions of the computer cookie are included: remember login information, track users browsing activity, count site visitors for website owners. Most of the time, Cookies is not a bad thing. For example, users do not need to go through the login procedure again as the cookie has already captured the information, relevant advertisements and information based on user's search history will be shown, benefitting the business of the website owner as accurate data is recorded.

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Larus Foundation

Larus Foundation

Larus Foundation is an NGO that strives to increase public engagement amongst the youth, in the process of Internet Governance and Internet Policy.