Lower house pushes Budapest Convention signing

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Chile's lower house has voted to approve an agreement aimed at ensuring the country's acceptance of the Budapest Convention on investigating, prosecuting and punishing cybercrime, according to a release from congress.

The agreement urges President Sebastián Piñera to take all measures possible to ensure that Chile formally signs on to the convention.

The international convention includes regulations for freedom of expression, protection of personal information and combating child pornography.

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Citing figures from US security software firm Symantec (Nasdaq: SYMC), the lawmakers said Chile is ranked fourth in Latin America for producing malicious computer activity and is one of countries that generates the most internet security threats in the region.

The lawmakers noted that the cybercrime brigade within the investigative arm of the Chilean police, the PDI, has considered the country's compliance with the Budapest Convention imperative. They also highlighted the creation of a working group in August last year to coordinate requirements for complying with the convention, although it has yet to hold a meeting.

According to the Council of Europe, the Budapest convention is the first international treaty on crimes committed via the internet and other computer networks. The main objective is to pursue a common policy aimed at protecting society against cybercrime, especially in adopting legislation and fostering international cooperation.