Cyber-crime Treaty Enters Home Stretch
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe gave its approval April 24 to a draft cybercrime treaty that could have major implications for privacy, ISP liability, and government surveillance. The Parliamentary Assembly, which has only advisory power within the 43-nation COE, suggested modifications to the draft, including strengthening human rights protections. The draft now goes back to a committee of experts which will meet in early May to finalize the draft. The treaty could be open for signature and ratification by member states by the end of this year.