UK Government to police virtual worlds

A minister has said that online worlds such as Second Life will inevitably face more scrutiny from law enforcementThe Government is to take a firmer hand in policing activities within virtual worlds such as Second Life, in an acknowledgement of their increasing popularity.Issues such as child pornography, identity fraud, money laundering and copyright infringement in virtual worlds are all “causes for concern” that need to be controlled, a government minister said.According to the research firm Forrester, 7 per cent of young people aged 12 to 24 regularly visit a virtual world, and a range of companies including Boots, Coca-Cola, and Vodafone, have set up offices in Second Life as a means of appealing to its users.

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