First ‘cybercrime’ treaty advances in Senate

All nine members of the Foreign Relations Committee who were present said by voice vote that they broadly agreed with the Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime, handing a hard-won victory to software companies that are eager for the U.S. to ratify it.

Because U.S. law already includes much of what the treaty requires, the Senate’s consent would be largely symbolic. The document requires nations to adopt laws governing search and seizure of stored data, surreptitious Internet wiretapping, cross-border assistance, and retention of Internet provider records upon police demand. Full Story

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