Group calls for delay in cybercrime treaty

The Global Internet Project (GIP), a US-based business group that's trying to head off government regulation of the internet, last week called for more dialogue on a proposed international treaty on cybercrime issues.

          The Global Internet Project (GIP), a US-based business group that’s trying to head off government regulation of the internet, last week called for more dialogue on a proposed international treaty on cybercrime issues.

          Members of the group urged the Council of Europe to delay its self-imposed deadline of next month for completing work on the cybercrime treaty. The Council, which has 41 member countries, released a draft of the treaty last month, and the US and other nations outside of Europe are widely expected adopt the final version.

          But John Patrick, vice president of internet technology at IBM and the GIP’s chairman, says the proposed treaty could hamper efforts to stop cybercrime.

          “It’s an issue where if we move too quickly to ban the tools used by hackers, we may also ban the tools used by investigators,” Patrick says.

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