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USCIB Letter to US Government on Council of

Europe Cybercrime Convention Draft 25


March 1, 2001


Ms. Martha Stansell-Gramm

Chief, Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section

Criminal Division

Department of Justice

1301 New York Avenue, N.W., Suite 600

Washington, D.C. 20530


VIA FACSIMILE:            2 Pages Total


Dear Ms. Stansell-Gramm:


The United States Council for International Business (USCIB) has been actively engaged in representing our members within U.S. business in the deliberations on the Council of Europe Draft Convention on Cybercrimes.  To that end, USCIB submitted comments on version 19 of the draft Convention reflecting consensus views of our members.  We greatly appreciate the efforts of the U.S. government, and the Department of Justice in particular, to address the concerns of U.S. business during the on-going negotiations within the Council of Europe.  Indeed, several critical USCIB member concerns set forth in our comments have been addressed in version 25.  However other, equally critical outstanding issues which were raised in our initial comments remain of concern.


Discussions on the draft Convention within the USCIB continue.  These discussions have revealed that there is not agreement among our members on all issues in Version 25.  Notwithstanding,  our members from all sectors strongly urge the U.S. government and all member states of the Council of Europe to continue to work toward a consensus among all stakeholders. 


Therefore, we strongly encourage the U.S. Government and all member state delegations to continue their negotiations to address these concerns.  As indicated in the USCIB comments and the comments of the International Chamber of Commerce, the negotiations should proceed in an open and transparent process providing adequate opportunity for all stakeholders to be heard and to have their issues addressed.


We hope that these comments are helpful and would be happy to discuss them with you.  I am also sending similar letters to the Department of State and the Department of Commerce.


Again, thank you for your past and on-going efforts on our behalf.



Thomas M.T. Niles



Cc:       Ms. Betty-Ellen Shave

            Mr. Kenneth Harris