U.S. Chamber Opposes European Cyber Crime Treaty

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United States Chamber of Commerce urged Congress to prevent international action on cyber crime that would hurt U.S. interests, saying the current draft of a Council of Europe treaty could violate American consumers’ rights and undermine economic growth in this country’s technology sector.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United States Chamber of Commerce urged Congress to prevent international action on cyber crime that would hurt U.S. interests, saying the current draft of a Council of Europe treaty could violate American consumers’ rights and undermine economic growth in this country’s technology sector.

“The United States must not agree to any treaty that fails to protect the rights of consumers and places unnecessary and costly burdens on e-Commerce companies,” said Rick Lane, Chamber Director of eCommerce and Internet Technology. “The treaty proposed by the Council of Europe goes too far and could undermine the incredible growth we have seen in electronic commerce.”

Protecting America’s technological infrastructure from cyber-terrorism and computer hacking is critical to U.S. businesses that rely on the Internet to buy and sell goods, according to the Chamber. But the Council of Europe Convention on Cyber Crime would impose unworkable and possibly unlawful restrictions on the business practices of U.S. firms.

“The Chamber is calling on Congress and the Department of Justice to protect the growing Internet marketplace for consumers and businesses,” said Lane. “We are reaching out to our business partners around the world to warn them of the dangers presented by this treaty.”

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing more than three million businesses and organizations of every size, sector and region.

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