Monday, July 28, 2008

EU Senate adopt new Cyber-crime Bill

LAW : EU Senate adopt new Cyber-crime Bill

Ankur Goyal with CRPCC Team

July 28, 2008

EU Senate has adopted on July 9th 2008, a new bill on cyber-crime. This bill will be submitted to the Chamber of Deputies in the next few days.

The bill would punish 13 computer activities:

  1. non-authorized access to an information device or automated system

  1. obtaining, transferring or providing of non-authorized data or information

  1. disclosure or misuse of personal information and data

  1. destroying, making unusable or degrading other people"s objects or electronic data

  1. introducing and distributing viruses

  1. severer sentencing for introducing or distributing of viruses followed by damage

  1. electronic deception (phishing)

  1. attack on security service or public utility

  1. interruption or disruption of telephone, telegraph computer, or electronic services, communication device, computer networks or computer system

  1. falsification of electronic public data and

  1. falsification of private electronic data (credit card and mobile phone cloning, for example)

  1. discriminating against people regarding race or color disseminated through computer networks (amendment to the Afonso Arinos Law)

  1. receiving or storing pictures with pedophile content (amendment to the Child and Adolescent Statute).

The new bill provides for penalties of up to three years in prison.

Introduced by Eduardo Azeredo (PSDB-MG) in 2005, the bill is to go before the Chamber of Deputies for adoption of the latest amendments before being submitted to the full Chamber for a vote in the coming weeks.

A senate press relations bureau release on 10 July said: "This law will not be applied to those who use the Internet correctly, including those who download music, talk on chat platforms, write their views on a blog, search for information or any other similar activity. A good Internet user will not be punished. Only the growing security that we are developing as regards technology use will change Internet usage."

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