COE Cybercrime Treaty Moves Closer to Adoption
On Wednesday, September 19, 2001, the Council of Europe Ministers' Deputies approved the Convention on Cybercrime. The Convention will be presented for formal adoption to Foreign Affairs Ministers meeting in Strasbourg on 8 November, and is expected to be opened for signature by member states at an international conference in Budapest at the end of November. The treaty will enter into force when five states, at least three of which are members of the Council of Europe, have ratified it. The US, as a participant in the drafting of the treaty, will be invited to ratify as well. The Convention requires signing countries to adopt similar criminal laws on hacking, infringements of copyright, computer-related fraud, and child pornography. It also contains a series of powers and procedures such as the search of computer networks and interception. It will be supplemented by an additional protocol making any publication of racist and xenophobic propaganda via computer networks a criminal offence.