Thirty Nations Sign COE Convention on Cybercrime
On November 23, 30 nations, including the US, signed a cybercrime treaty at a ceremony in Budapest. The signing is a largely symbolic act, but it signals the finalization of the treaty and its opening for ratification or adoption by individual countries. The treaty, drafted by the Council of Europe with the participation of the US Justice Department, takes effect when ratified by 5 countries. In the US and other countries, the ratification process, by national legislatures, is likely to generate controversy over the treaty's surveillance provisions. In addition, the treaty is likely to be viewed as a model by countries outside of the 43-member Council of Europe.