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Countries move forward on cybercrime treaty

Jeremy Kirk | March 12, 2009
Countries are ratifying the only global cybercrime treaty slower than expected, but many are closer to implementing it.

"The doors are wide open," Seger said. "It shows that countries are really looking for guidance in how they can cope with new technologies, the regulatory framework and how to deal with cybercrime."

The Philippines has been invited to accede to the Convention along with Mexico and Costa Rica. Indonesia is also almost 90 percent complete in its cybercrime law development, Seger said.

Laos and Cambodia do not have specific computer crime laws. However, the Council has translated the Convention into Lao, which has kick-started work in that country. Vietnam is undertaking a rewrite of its criminal code and also asked for assistance. Vietnam wants "us to come as soon as possible," Seger said.

This year, the Council has seen seven new countries attend the cybercrime conference, including Congo, Kenya, and Botswana, Seger said. Sixty-five countries were represented last year; 72 are represented at the conference this week.


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