Reports suggest Australia may accede to the Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime.
A post today on the blog of Robert McClelland MP reads: “Attorney-General Robert McClelland and Minister for Home Affairs and Justice Brendan O’Connor today released a public consultation paper as part of Australia’s proposed accession to the Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime.
The Convention is the only binding international treaty on cybercrime.
“As cybercrime is a global issue, the Convention provides systems to facilitate international co-operation between signatory countries, as well as establishing procedures to make investigations more efficient.
“While Australian law substantially complies with the obligations in the Convention, there is more we can do to ensure Australia is in the best position to address the range of cyber threats that confront us, both domestically and internationally.”
The Convention on Cybercrime, which entered into force in July 2004, lays down guidelines for all governments wishing to develop legislation against cybercrime and provides a framework for international co-operation. An additional Protocol outlaws acts of a racist and xenophobic nature committed through computer systems.
Robert McClelland MP: Blog
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