Cybercrime talks end in failure
US and Euros object to proposed changes
Plans to ratify an updated version of a global treaty against cybercrime have failed.
Negotiations on modifying the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime to take into account third world objections and the move to cloud computing floundered after delegates attending an international conference in Brazil last week failed to reach an agreement. The proposed changes, sponsored by Russia, failed to win over US and European delegates, resulting in an impasse, Public Sector Technology reports. More details on the deliberations can be found in our earlier story here.
The situation is echoes the way objections led by China resulted in a inconclusive end to the Copenhagen round of climate change negotiations last year.
A UN advisory committee will now re-examine the proposals to develop possible mechanisms for law enforcement agencies to collaborate more effectively on fighting cybercrime and to consider the implications of cloud computing, which affects the physical location where data of interest to investigators might be stored.
A total of 29 countries, mostly from Europe but also the USA, have ratified the Budapest Convention since its adoption by Council of Europe in 2001. A further 19 countries - including the UK and Spain - have signed but not ratified the treaty. ®
It is a perfectly sound result!
Should one be a delegate and of course the teams would have attended several other conferences and for the time being have another interesting venue to identify another venue for some time in the future.
So, from a delegates point of view: excellent result that did not approach any conclusion at all and leaves us with opportunity, scope and future budgets to take this on to at least another two venues before we have to (unfortunately) reach a decision.
(Apologies for my misguided sense of humour. I merely wish to point out that it is not in delegates self interest for the topic to reach conclusion swiftly otherwise future jollies might be in jeopardy)
Ordinarily I would agree ...
This is not a topic that the private sector can really do much about though. The big issues are law enforcement co-operation, extradition, harmonisation of offence descriptions and the like. Very much government activities.
Interesting to see national differences...
... on such a supposedly 'straightforward' topic. Note the article points to "'the South' says it wants more involvement in drafting the next such law..." Reminiscent somewhat of Copenhagen. Real movement on this topic needs to be private sector driven and not left up to government horse-trading, perhaps?