Friday, August 11, 2006

Cybercrime Treaty...

Recently the Senate ratified The Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime. For the most part it's a pretty good thing. It's inteded to do a couple of things. First, countries that may not have the legal infrastructure in places to police internet crimes get these guidelines. Second, those countries who participate in it will cooperate on cracking down on cybercrimes globally.

Unfortunately it, like DOPA has some issues. The biggest one in my mind is that an act under criminal investigation by one country (say Russia) doesn't have to be illegal in another country (say the US) in order for the first country to ask for help. And the second country is obligated to do it.

Danny O'Brien, activism coordinator with the Electronic Frontier Foundation in San Francisco, said: "Our primary concern is that there's no dual criminality within the mutual assistance provisions. The United States is now obliged to investigate and monitor French Internet crimes, say, and France is obliged to obey America's requests to spy on its citizens, for instance--even if those citizens are under no suspicion for crimes on the statute books of their own country." - source ZDNetAsia

That sounds less than good to me. Maybe our resident law dogs can assuage my fears?

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