MALAYSIA EYEING MEMBERSHIP IN BUDAPEST CONVENTION ON CYBERCRIME

PUTRAJAYA– Malaysia is exploring the possibility of becoming a member of the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Azalina Othman Said.

She said the government had formed several committees within various government departments, including law enforcement agencies, to study the provisions of the convention and determine the policy, legal, technical and administrative requirements that need to be fulfilled.

“Our study on Malaysia’s legislation framework has identified that our Computer Crimes Act 1997 and Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act 2002 need to be amended to fulfill the legal requirements under the Budapest Convention,” she said at the 8th Event of the Attorney General’s Chambers of Brunei, Malaysia and Singapore here.

Azalina said Malaysia acknowledged the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime, which was drawn up by the Council of Europe and came into force in July 2004.

The convention is the first international treaty on crimes committed via the Internet and other computer networks, dealing particularly with infringements of copyright, computer-related fraud, child pornography and violations of network security.

It also contains a series of powers and procedures such as the search of computer networks and interception.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK