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[FYI] Support/scepticism on cybercrime proposal
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Support, Skepticism greet Cybercrime Treaty
Proposal would help international investigations. Critics ask, what's
By Kevin Poulsen
May 3, 2000 1:37 PM PT
Industry sources are offering qualified support for a proposed
international treaty on computer crime, as it raises eyebrows with
civil rights advocates.
"We're cautiously optimistic about the potential for this," said
Douglas Sabo, Director of Information Security Programs with the
Information Technology Association of America. "We believe strongly
that these issues need to be discussed internationally."
"Computer crime crosses borders, and so you need to have at least the
same basic principals in recognizing what is computer crime, and how
do you obtain evidence across nations," said Mark Rasch, an attorney
with Virginia-based Global Integrity. "I think it's a good step. It
wisely avoids the controversial subjects like encryption, mandatory
data storage, and mandatory cooperation with government."
'People who put hacker software up on web sites would be in violation,
but only if they had the intent that it be used for criminal purposes'
-- Mark Rasch, Global Integrity
David Banisar, an attorney and electronic privacy advocate, disagrees.
"Most of the stuff in here is already existing in U.S. law,"
acknowledged Banisar. "But the treaty would appear to put new burdens
on ISPs to collect information on users and to provide that to law
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