Comments Subscribe to Personal Liberty News Feed Subscribe to Personal Liberty

Australia Joins Cybercrime Pact

CANBERRA, Australia (UPI) — Australia has formally committed to the world’s first international treaty on crimes committed via the Internet, Attorney General Mark Dreyfus said.

“Australia becoming a party to the Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime will help combat criminal offenses relating to forgery, fraud, child pornography and infringement of copyright and intellectual property,” Dreyfus said, announcing Australia would join 38 other nations in the treaty — giving Australian law enforcement agencies access to communications relevant to cybercrimes from partner agencies around the world.

“The Internet makes it easy for criminals to operate from abroad, especially from those countries where regulations and enforcement arrangements are weaker,” he said.

Australia’s investigative agencies will be able to use new powers contained in the country’s Cybercrime Legislation Amendment Act 2012 to work with cybercrime investigators around the globe.

Dreyfus emphasized the act contains privacy protections, safeguards and requirements for the exercise of powers, China’s official Xinhua news agency reported.

“A warrant is always required to access the content of a communication whether the information is in Australia, or accessed from overseas under the Cybercrime Convention,” Dreyfus said. “The Cybercrime Act and the Cybercrime Convention do not impact in any way on the need to have a warrant to access content from a telephone call, SMS [text messaging] or email.”

UPI - United Press International, Inc.

Since 1907, United Press International (UPI) has been a leading provider of critical information to media outlets, businesses, governments and researchers worldwide.

Facebook Conversations

Join the Discussion:
View Comments to “Australia Joins Cybercrime Pact”

Comment Policy: We encourage an open discussion with a wide range of viewpoints, even extreme ones, but we will not tolerate racism, profanity or slanderous comments toward the author(s) or comment participants. Make your case passionately, but civilly. Please don't stoop to name calling. We use filters for spam protection. If your comment does not appear, it is likely because it violates the above policy or contains links or language typical of spam. We reserve the right to remove comments at our discretion.

Is there news related to personal liberty happening in your area? Contact us at


Sign Up For Personal Liberty Digest™!

PL Badge

Welcome to,
America's #1 Source for Libertarian News!

To join our group of freedom-loving individuals and to get alerts as well as late-breaking conservative news from Personal Liberty Digest™...

Privacy PolicyYou can opt out at any time. We protect your information like a mother hen. We will not sell or rent your email address to anyone for any reason.