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Cyber Crime . . . and Punishment? Archaic Laws Threaten Global Information

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For Immediate Release Contact: Bruce McConnell or Helena Plater-Zyberk
2 January 2001 Telephone: +1.202.347.7445
    E-mail: info@mcconnellinternational.com
    Web: www.mcconnellinternational.com
    WITSA Contact: Tinabeth Burton, +1.703.284.5305

Canadian Cyber Crime Laws Are Among the Strongest
But Self Protection Remains Principal Defense for Global Companies

The ability of the Canadian government to prosecute cyber criminals with certainty is much stronger than stated in a recent report, according to McConnell International LLC, a global policy and technology management consulting firm. The revised assessment shows that Canadian law effectively covers the major categories of cyber crime.

"Canada is a leader in the international fight against cyber crime, and the uncertainty of its legal remedies against cyber criminals was overstated in our earlier report," said Bruce McConnell, the firm's president. "After technical discussions with the Canadian Department of Justice, we have revised the report. Cyber criminals should beware of attacking computers in Canada."

"Cyber crime is a growing global dilemma, and we hope that more countries will follow Canada's lead by updating their laws to ensure criminals are not getting ahead of law enforcement in this battle," said Harris N. Miller, President of the World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA), a sponsor of the report.

The revised report shows that Canada has updated its statutory laws to cover seven of the ten types of crimes: data interception, data modification, data theft, network interference, network sabotage, unauthorized access, and virus dissemination. For computer-related fraud, cases have been prosecuted successfully using terrestrial laws, effectively updating the laws in those categories. In addition, Canadian officials have strong confidence that existing laws provide sufficient coverage against the remaining two categories, aiding and abetting cyber crimes and computer-related forgery. The revised report ranks Canada among the top countries that have fully or substantially updated their laws, along with Australia, Estonia, India, Japan, Mauritius, Peru, Philippines, Turkey, and United States.

The report, Cyber Crime . . . and Punishment? Archaic Laws Threaten Global Information, released on 7 December 2000, analyzed the following countries: Albania, Australia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burundi, Canada, Chile, China, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, France, Gambia, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iran, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Moldova, Morocco, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Norway, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Romania, South Africa, Spain, Sudan, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Vietnam, Yugoslavia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe to determine whether their laws had been updated to cover the ten types of cyber crimes.

"The report's underlying conclusions, that most countries have not updated their laws, and that companies should rely on self-protection as their first defense against cyber crimes, remain," McConnell said. "Only if other countries follow the examples of the leaders will the world become a safe place for the conduct of e-government and e-business."

McConnell International positions its corporate and government clients to take maximum advantage of the new economy by providing strategic advice, building partnerships, opening doors, creating international visibility, and research, analysis, and project design. It has a world-class track record solving tough international technology management problems for large organizations and is a recognized expert on the global e-business climate. Copies of existing and draft national cyber crime laws, along with the report itself, are available at www.mcconnellinternational.com.

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