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ZDNet UK: Computer crime treaty threatens human rights

Oct 19, 2000, 14:34 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Will Knight)

"An international coalition of 28 human rights and civil liberties groups has called on the Council of Europe to alter its draft treaty on International cybercrime, warning that the agreement could violate the European Convention on Human Rights and rob Internet users of their freedom."

"In a letter sent Wednesday to Council of Europe secretary general Walter Schwimmer the GILC also objects to proposals that allow a country to investigate individuals without first establishing that they have done something wrong. The group says this measure is also open to abuse by law enforcement bodies."

"Another proposal of the treaty proposes to outlaw so-called "hacking tools" including network security tools. GILC members say that this would unnecessarily restrict the development of legitimate computer security technologies."

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