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Council of Europe draft Convention on Cyber-crime

By SLAS Spokesperson

The draft harmonises procedural law measures such as search and seizure of computer data, retention of traffic data and interception. As well as tackling aspects of substantive law in relation to the crimes of “hacking”, copyright infringements and child pornography. The current draft does not include a general surveillance obligation consisting of the routine retention of all traffic data. Critics say that the draft does not attempt to harmonise the conditions and safeguards to apply to the measures envisaged. There are also fears about how the Convention will sit with privacy rights and data protection.

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