US joins the Council of Europe on Cybercrime

It looks like the US has finally capitulated and joined the Council of Europe - 46 countries in total - in ratifying the Convention on Cybercrime. The ratification means that the US will join the anti-cybercrime initiative from next year onwards.

What's interesting is that the convention, which was adopted by the Council of Europe in 2001, is claimed to be the only legally binding multilateral accord specifically addressing computer-related crime.

It deals with computer hacking and Internet fraud as well as crimes involving electronic evidence, child sexual exploitation, organised crime and terrorism.

The Convention on Cybercrime became legal in the 46 countries in the summer of 2004. The addition of the US, however, could herald a new wave of prosecutions...