EUROPEAN UNION’S CONVENTION ON CYBER CRIME (ETS NO. 185): FIRST INTERNATIONAL TREATY ON CRIMES COMMITTED VIA THE INTERNET

The Council of Europe, along with the U.S., Canada and Japan signed a convention on Cyber crime. The convention provides a legal framework for the protection of society against cyber-crime. The convention stresses adopting appropriate legislation and fostering international co-operation in this arena. It is the first international treaty on crimes committed via the Internet and other computer networks. In particular, the convention deals with infringements of copyright, computer-related fraud, child pornography and violations of network security.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What is the structure of the convention?
What are the various provisions incorporated in the convention relating to computer-related fraud?
What are the provisions of the convention related to child pornography transmitted via the Internet?

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