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News Cybercrime summit urges international cooperation

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by GreatOldOne, 20 Sep 2004.

  1. GreatOldOne

    GreatOldOne Wannabe Martian

    29 Jan 2002
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    From news.com:

    European officials met Friday in a high-level push to persuade more countries to sign up to an international effort combating cybercrime.

    At a conference in Strasbourg, France, delegates from governments, police forces and businesses around the world are meeting to discuss the ratification of the Council of Europe's Cybercrime Convention. So far 30 countries have signed the treaty, which aims to align international law on cybercrime, but only eight have actually implemented it in national law. The United Kingdom has signed the convention, but has not yet ratified it. The treaty came into force in July of this year.

    Signatories include a number of countries outside of Europe, but the treaty's international nature is proving to be a stumbling block. Some governments are said to be wary of potentially being required to make data on their citizens available to other governments. In 2002, the United States announced it wouldn't adhere to the protocol, which it says would be against its Constitution.

    Cybercrime issues discussed at the conference are to include fraud, copyright and child pornography.

    Full story here

    Is it just me, or is it odd that a 'cybercrime' conference that's dedicated to combating online misdemeanors has to be held in 'real world'? haven't they heard of web conferencing? ;)
  2. bushd

    bushd What's a Dremel?

    9 Nov 2002
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    I find it odd the United States wouldn't adhere. With the Patriot Act all someone has to do is say you're a terrorist and no matter what their credibility your entire records can be siphoned from every source possible. That can include medical, police and driving records. The United States Government is also trying to create a country wide airport database to filter out potential terrorists. This includes personal information combined with information given by each airline. Two U.S. officials have been placed on this terrorist list and took them many phone calls to be removed, so that shows how well it works. I'd honestly like to know which portion the treaty would break and how current programs in progress in the U.S. would break the same thing. Patriot Act and the Airline Information Databank come to mind first.
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