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Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime

Published November 23, 2001

The Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime was opened for signature on November 23, 2001. The convention "is the first international treaty on crimes committed via the Internet and other computer networks, dealing particularly with infringements of copyright, computer-related fraud, child pornography and violations of network security. It also contains a series of powers and procedures such as the search of computer networks and interception.

Its main objective, set out in the preamble, is to pursue a common criminal policy aimed at the protection of society against cybercrime, especially by adopting appropriate legislation and fostering international co-operation."

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