Australia signs on to international cybercrime treaty
CANBERRA, Mar 04, 2013 (Xinhua via COMTEX) --
Australia has now formally joined
38 other nations as a party to the world's first international
treaty on crimes committed via the internet, Attorney-General Mark
Dreyfus announced Monday.
"Australia becoming a party to the Council of Europe Convention
on Cybercrime will help combat criminal offences relating to
forgery, fraud, child pornography, and infringement of copyright
and intellectual property," said Dreyfus.
"The internet makes it easy for criminals to operate from
abroad, especially from those countries where regulations and
enforcement arrangements are weaker," he said. By joining the
Convention, Australian law enforcement agencies will be able to
rapidly obtain data about communications relevant to cybercrimes
from partner agencies around the world.
"The Convention will also ensure vital evidence is not lost
before a mutual assistance request can be completed."
With the Convention now in effect, Australia's investigative
agencies are able to use new powers contained in the Cybercrime
Legislation Amendment Act 2012 to work with cybercrime
investigators around the globe.
The Act amended certain Commonwealth cybercrime offences and
enabled domestic agencies to access and share information relating
to international investigations.
Dreyfus says the Act also created new privacy protections,
safeguards and reporting requirements for the exercise of new and
"A warrant is always required to access the content of a
communication whether the information is in Australia, or accessed
from overseas under the Cybercrime Convention. The Cybercrime Act
and the Cybercrime Convention do not impact in any way on the need
to have a warrant to access content from a telephone call, SMS or
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