It is a little embrassing that Australia doesn't even rate an appearance on the "World" map showing the global reach of the Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime, but it doesn't.
Thankfully, the Australian government have taken a serious interest in becoming involved, – National Interest Analysis on international Cybercrime Convention – recently calling for feedback on where Australian laws are already consistent with the Convention, and what government and business would need to do to comply.
The aim of the Convention is to make it easier for regulatory bodies to communicate across boarders and prosecute, similar to what happened earlier last year with anti-spam activities.
The Convention asks signatory countries to make the following activities crimes:
- offences against the confidentiality, integrity and availability of computer data and systems
- computer-related offences (such as forgery and fraud)
- content-related offences (such as child pornography)
- offences relating to the infringement of rights such as copyright.
So, should we be in, or out?
I think global co-operation is inevitable online, and countries that are not prepared to cooperate run the risk of becoming havens for criminal behaviour.