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Australia To Join Council Of Europe Convention On Cybercrime

Date: May 04, 2010
Source: The Gov Monitor

Attorney-General, Robert McClelland, and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Stephen Smith, today announced Australia’s intention to accede to the Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime.

The Convention, which entered into force in July 2004, is the only binding international treaty on cybercrime. It serves as both a guide for nations developing comprehensive national legislation on cybercrime and as a framework for international co-operation between signatory countries.

Cybercrime poses a significant challenge for our law enforcement and criminal justice system. The Internet makes it easy for criminals to operate from abroad, especially from those countries where regulations and enforcement arrangements are weak.

It is critical that laws designed to combat cybercrime are harmonised, or at least compatible to allow for cooperation internationally.

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