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Date: 2000-12-19

BBC: Proteste gegen "Cyber-Crime" Entwurf

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Nun hat sich auch die europäische Ahnherrin investigativen
Reportings [as far as streaming is concerned] einge/schaltet.

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By BBC News Online internet reporter Mark Ward

A draft European treaty on cybercrime has been condemned
as "appalling" by civil liberty groups around the globe.

In all, 23 organisations have signed a letter warning that the
treaty will do serious damage to civil liberties under the guise
of helping law enforcers catch computer criminals.

They warn that if the treaty is adopted it will dramatically
restrict the free flow of information and ideas.

British signatories to the protest letter say the treaty goes
further than the controversial UK's Regulation of Investigatory
Powers Act in giving police powers to snoop with impunity.

Draft details

Since 1997, the 41-nation Council of Europe has been
working on the Cybercrime Treaty, which tries to harmonise
laws against malicious hacking, virus writing, fraud and child
pornography on the net.

It also aims to ensure that police forces in separate countries
gather the same standard of evidence to help track and catch
criminals across borders.

Late last month, the Council released the 22nd draft of the
treaty for perusal by interested groups, and immediately won
condemnation from civil liberty groups for its draconian tone.

Thirty-five organisations co-ordinated by umbrella
organisation the Global Internet Liberty Campaign urged the
Council to change the treaty saying: "The draft treaty is
contrary to well-established norms for the protection of the

Critical mass

Last week, a new draft of the treaty was released, which the
Council claims, answers many of the criticisms made of the
treaty in the hundreds of e-mails, letters and faxes it received
after the initial posting.

But many of the organisations which voiced concern over the
first public draft say the new version does little to allay their

The treaty "continues to be a document that threatens the
rights of the individual while extending the powers of police
authorities", they say. The groups believe that unless
significant changes are made, the treaty will have "a chilling
effect on the free flow of information and ideas" on the

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