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Human rights groups protest at international cybercrime treaty

A coalition of 22 US human rights and public policy organisations claim that the Council of Europe's latest draft of an...

A coalition of 22 US human rights and public policy organisations claim that the Council of Europe's latest draft of an international cybercrime treaty gives law enforcement too much power and individuals too little, reports ZDNet.news.

In a letter to the Secretary General Walter Schwimmer and the Cyber Committee of Experts on Cyber Crime the Global Internet Liberty Campaign (GILC) said the coalition's concerns, which prompted the latest revision of the treaty, were not adequately addressed.

"To our dismay and alarm, the convention continues to be a document that threatens the rights of the individual while extending the powers of police authorities, creates a low-barrier protection of rights uniformly across borders and ignores highly regarded data protection principles," said the letter.

The Committee of Experts on Cyber Crime is meeting this week in Strasbourg, where it is rewriting the latest version of the treaty, designed to help the Council of Europe's 41 member nations fight computer and electronic crime. The final draft of the treaty is expected to be completed this month and presented for ratification in mid-2001.

It seems likely that if the cybercrime treaty is ratified by the Council of Europe, it is likely that the United States will also sign it.

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