As reported in ITNews and syndicated sites:
“The Federal Government has announced plans to sign an international treaty designed to facilitate the identification, extradition and conviction of cybercriminals around the world.”
In principle, the thinking and premise behind this is what you would expect in terms of technology issues/practices trying to align with “traditional” laws. But is this happening to mirror “traditional/current” laws in the member countries? What impact such a treaty owned and driven out of the EU for “other members” such as Australia? While 99% of this may be acceptable and most already a practice accepted here, care must be taken that we don’t jump into something without a full understanding of the impacts to our country and it’s citizens.
Are we prepared to fully jump into something like this (albeit, we do formally and in-formally undertake and work against most of these principles now), without other foundation legislation in place that would strengthen our abilities to really make this work on all levels?
The Government(s) in Australia have not really instilled us with much confidence for a while that they truly get IT, IT Security, eCommerce etc. Hopefully this is not another case of kicking something off and then having it come back to haunt them later….and there’s quite a bit of that.
I’m no expert in this field but find it an interesting topic. Am keen on your thoughts.