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Cyber-treaty Goes Too Far?
May 3, 2000
By Declan McCullagh (email@example.com)
WASHINGTON -- U.S. and European police agencies will receive new powers to investigate and prosecute computer crimes, according to a preliminary draft of a treaty being circulated among over 40 nations.
The Council of Europe's 65KB proposal is designed to aid police in investigations of online miscreants in cases where attacks or intrusions cross national borders.
But the details of the "Draft Convention on Cybercrime" worry U.S. civil libertarians. They warn that the plan would violate longstanding privacy rights and grant the government far too much power.
The proposal, which is expected to be finalized by December 2000 and appears to be the first computer crime treaty, would:
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