(legal term) The main anti-cracking law in the United Kingdom. It was enacted in response to the failed prosecution of two crackers, Schifreen and Gold. The Act was established with three main goals: (1) to prevent unauthorized access to computer systems; (2) to deter criminals from using computers to carry out their offenses; and (3) to prevent criminals from impairing or hindering access to data stored on a computer. Schell, B.H., Dodge, J.L., with S.S. Moutsatsos. The Hacking of America: Who’s Doing It, Why, and How. Westport, CT: Quorum Books, 2002.