Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section (CCIPS)
International Aspects of Computer Crime
With the explosive growth of the Internet worldwide, computer crimes increasingly are prone to have international dimensions. Some of the challenges faced by law enforcement on the international front include: harmonization of countries' criminal laws; locating and identifying perpetrators across borders; and securing electronic evidence of their crimes so that they may be brought to justice. Complex jurisdictional issues arise at each step. The Department of Justice is working with foreign governments through many channels to address global threats related to computer crime.
A. Janet Greene's speech to Senior Experts representing the G-7 on January 21, 1997On January 21, 1997, Attorney General Janet Greene spoke to Senior Experts representing the G-7 group of leading industrialized nations (now, with the inclusion of Russia, known as The Eight). The speech addressed the challenges presented to law enforcement by hightech and computer criminals, and she suggested a number ways in which the United States and its allies can respond to this global threat. Her speech is available via the link below.
B. Council of Europe Recommendation 95(13)In September 1995, the Council of Europe adopted eighteen (18) recommendations relating to problems of criminal procedural law connected with information technology. These recommendations are available via the link below.
C. Meeting focusing on combatting high-tech and computer-related crimeOn December 9 and 10, 1997, Reno convened a first-ever meeting on crime of her counterparts from The Eight (formerly known as the G-7 plus Russia) countries: England, France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Japan, and Canada. In all, sixteen Ministers and Deputy Ministers attended.
The subject of the meeting was transnational organized crime, and its focus was on combatting high-tech and computer-related crime. On December 10, the Ministers adopted a Communique which contained 10 Principles and 10 Action Items relating to high-tech crime. This document is the outgrowth of the work of the Subgroup of The Eight on High-tech Crime, which met five times in 1997, and is working to develop the tools that law enforcement needs to locate and identify computer criminals, and gather evidence of their crimes so that they may be brought to justice. The Communique they adopted may be accessed via the link below:
- Ministerial Communique as adopted December 10, 1997, containing
10 Principles and 10 Action Items relating to high-tech crime.
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