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.

This content was published on March 2, 2011 - 16:45 and agencies

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.

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