Europe urged not to rush cyber crime pact

GIP urged the Council of Europe to delay its self-imposed deadline of December for completion of the treaty. The Council, which has 41 member countries and is not affiliated with the European Union, released a draft of the convention on October 2. It is widely expected that other countries beyond Europe, including the United States, will also adopt the final convention.

"It's an issue where if we move too quickly to ban the tools used by hackers, we may also ban the tools used by investigators," said John Patrick, vice president for Internet technology at IBM, and chairman of GIP.

GIP member Tom Evslin, chairman and chief executive officer of ITXC, said the group agrees with the aims of the convention, but that more work is needed to ensure it doesn't stifle innovation.

The draft convention would impose heavy record-keeping burdens on ISPs (Internet Service Providers) and make them liable for the actions of others, according to GIP.

The draft would empower authorities to be able to demand "subscriber information under [a] service provider's possession or control," and to "compel a service provider to ... collect or record or cooperate and assist the competent authorities in the collection or recording of content data ... transmitted by means of a computer system."

"It's an example that demonstrates to us the need for more dialogue. A rush to adopt those regulations probably will be counterproductive," Evslin said.

GIP is holding a workshop in Berlin today on the subject "Security, Privacy, and Reliability of the Next Generation Internet."

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Rick Perera

PC World
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?