Date lodged: 26 September 2016
To ask the Scottish Government what recent discussions it has had with the UK Government regarding the online sale of counterfeit electrical goods.
Answered by: Michael Matheson 24 October 2016
The Scottish Government welcomes the work of bodies such as the Scottish Anti-Illicit Trade Group, Scottish Business Resilience Centre and Trading Standards Scotland in tackling the online sale of counterfeit electrical goods. The Scottish Government's Cyber Resilience Strategy, Safe, Secure & Prosperous: A Cyber Resilience for Scotland, looks to support the work of these and other organisations through the development of clear prevention messages for the wider public and the co-ordination of work to remove the online presence of those who seek to profit through the sale of counterfeit electrical goods.
Regulations concerning counterfeit goods are reserved and I expect the UK Government to take action to help reduce the availability of counterfeit electrical goods not least by opting in to the new Europol Regulation which will ensure that the UK continues to benefit from the significant resources and expertise available from the European Cybercrime Centre.