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SecurityFocus: Support, Skepticism greet Cybercrime Treaty

May 07, 2000, 06:26 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kevin Poulsen)

"The Draft Convention on Cybercrime proposed by the 41-nation Council of Europe last week would create minimum standards for computer crime laws in signatory countries, ensuring that member nations have prohibitions against a variety of computer crimes, including computer intrusion and vandalism, online distribution of child pornography and electronic copyright violations. It would also facilitate court-ordered access to computer stored data, and establish a network of contacts in each country that would be accessible 24 hours a day to coordinate criminal investigations internationally."

"Some civil libertarians have argued that a provision allowing law enforcement to order an ISP to preserve electronic evidence in a case would force anonymous remailer services to identify their users."

"Another controversial provision would criminalize the creation, distribution, or acquisition of any software designed for committing computer crimes, with the intent to commit such a crime."

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