UN gives green light to draft treaty to combat cybercrime

Posted in: Legal & Security at 29/12/2019 22:16

The U.N. General Assembly approved a resolution Friday that will start the process of drafting a new international treaty to combat cybercrime over objections from the European Union, the United States and other countries.

The Russian-drafted resolution was approved by the 193-member world body by a vote of 79-60 with 33 abstentions.

The resolution establishes an expert committee representing all regions of the world “to elaborate a comprehensive international convention on countering the use of information and communications technologies for criminal purposes.” It says the committee will meet in August 2020 to agree on an outline of its activities.

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The United Nations General Assembly on Friday approved a resolution that aims to create a new international convention on cybercrime.

The Russian-sponsored resolution was approved by a 79-60 vote with 33 abstentions, according to The Associated Press.

The resolution was approved over objections from both the European Union and the United States, as many fear language in the resolution will allow for crackdowns on expression.

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