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Home > Privacy and Government > Current Issues: > The Draft Convention on Cyber-Crime


The Draft Convention on Cyber-Crime

The Draft Convention on Cyber-Crime put forward by the Council of Europe's "Committee of Experts on Crime in Cyber-Space" represents a serious threat to privacy.

Section 2 of the Draft Convention could require Internet Service Providers to maintain records of customers activities and turn them over to government authorities. This is an example of an increasingly common practice by governments: enlisting private-sector businesses as deputies in their investigations.

If the Council of Europe's Convention on Cyber-Crime is ever considered by the United States Senate, it should be rejected if it does not conform to the U.S. Constitution, specifically the Fourth Amendment. If it is approved despite failing to conform, any actions taken under authority of the treaty should be struck down as unconstitutional.


Links:

Draft Convention on Cyber-crime, Committee of Experts on Crime in Cyber-Space, European Committee on Crime Problems, Council of Europe (updated with each new draft)

Comments? comments@privacilla.org (Subject: CyberCrime)

[updated 02/19/01]



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