Friday, May 20, 2011

International Cyber Crime Fight Getting Serious

The biggest hurdle before the fight against international cyber crimes is the lack of coordination and collaboration among various nations and international organisations. There is no universally acceptable cyber crime treaty and India has yet to become a part of any international treaty or convention in this regard.

Although cyberspace is not a safe place for any person yet children are more vulnerable to the evils of cyber crimes. Protecting children in cyberspace is of utmost importance. Now the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) are expected to jointly work in this direction.

They have entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that would enable the two bodies to work together and to make available the necessary expertise and resources to establish legal measures and legislative frameworks at national level, for the benefit of all interested countries. It is the first time that two organisations within the UN system have formally agreed to cooperate at the global level on cyber crimes and cyber security.

This can also be seen as a coordinated global effort towards harmonisation of legal framework and fight against cyber crimes. We at Perry4Law and Perry4Law Techno Legal Base (PTLB) have been suggesting ICT Policies and Strategies in general and need for International Cyber Crime Treaty and International Cyber Security Treaty in particular.

It seems that nations across the world must concentrate upon a coordinated and focused approach towards cyber crimes and cyber security. The national approach alone cannot solve the growing dangers that are lurking at large in the cyberspace.

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