Tech groups oppose int'l cyber-crime treaty

A coalition that includes many of the world's largest high-tech companies has voiced polite opposition to the Council of Europe's newly revised international cyber-crime treaty. While supporting the treaty's intention to help deal with online crime, the group fears that newly modified language will hinder Web growth and prevent legal as well as illegal activities.

The World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) has expressed to the Council of Europe that provisions forcing ISPs to archive connection information are burdensome. Other measures stipulating ISPs' obligations to cooperate with law enforcement agencies are opposed because of both cost and privacy concerns.

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