Budapest Convention on Cybercrime

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Series Details Number 185
Publication Date 2001-2004
ISBN 92-871-4822-8
ISSN 0070-105X
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The Convention on Cybercrime is the first international treaty on crimes committed via the Internet and other computer networks, signed in November 2001.

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Also known as the Budapest Convention, this treaty deals 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.

The Convention became effective on 1 July 2004. An Additional Protocol to the Convention on Cybercrime came into force in March 2006.

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