Ombudsman Raises Issues With Budapest Convention

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  • Keen-eyed members of the Samoa Law Society at the start of their two day symposium at the TATTE Convention Centre
    Keen-eyed members of the Samoa Law Society at the start of their two day symposium at the TATTE Convention Centre

The Budapest Convention On Cybercrime was challenged by the Ombudsman at the Samoa Law Society 5th Biennial Symposium underway at the TATTE Convention Centre.

One of the topics under discussion in the symposium is International Space .

The Budapest Convention on Cybercrime is the first international treaty seeking to address internet and computer crime ( cybercrime) by harmonizing national laws, improving investigative techniques and increasing cooperation among nations. Samoa intends to be part of the Convention.

Maiava in  expressing his ideas on International Cyberspace said it was  understandable why Samoa is expressing interest on the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime, however, the rights of the people might be a challenge as this allows authorities to snoop into their personal lives in the process.

Maiava believes that while it is a great way for the government to ensure that crimes committed in cyberspace is relevant to be regulated, the rights of the people are also violated.

“Technology gives opportunity to law enforcement and intelligence agencies to access more information about peoples’ lives than ever before. The level of interference with human rights and fundamental freedom is unappreciated,” Maiava said.

Maiava pointed out that while there are capabilities with technologies and its advancements, the consideration also needs to be taken in regards to the United Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).

“Can our citizens be as comfortable about these things?” he posed.

Maiava argued that while the requirements of the Convention helps establish jurisdiction on specific criminal investigation and full access to computer data as well as how to search and scoop up information from personal lives of people under investigations on line. Maiava said they should be treated with care.

The two day Samoa Law Society symposium finishes today.

 

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