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Parliament cracks down on cybercrime

The House of Representative has agreed to step up international cooperation against computer hackers, data theft and online child pornography.

A clear majority on Wednesday followed the Senate in approving a convention by the Council of Europe.

Opponents, mainly from the rightwing Swiss People’s Party, argued the accord on cybercrime was unnecessary.

However, supporters – backing Justice Minister Simonetta Sommaruga –  said illegal online activities could only be fought successfully with cross-border cooperation.

The convention came into force in 2004 and has been ratified by about 30 countries. Switzerland is expected to ratify the accord later this year. and agencies

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