Open letter of the multistakeholder community to the Chair of AHC
9 February 2024
Open letter of the multistakeholder community to the Chair of AHC Open letter to the Chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on Cybercrime February 8, 2024 Your Excellency, Our organizations – spanning civil society, industry, and the technical community – wish to urgently draw your attention to critical flaws in the latest draft of the UN cybercrime treaty. [...] Serious flaws of the latest draft include an unclear and overly broad scope, vague criminalization provisions and definitions, lack of meaningful human rights safeguards and effective gender mainstreaming, missing protections for good-faith cybersecurity researchers and others acting in the public interest, and overly broad provisions for real-time interception of content and traffic data that go. [...] Individuals, including political dissidents, journalists, human rights defenders, and those at risk of discrimination on the basis of their personal characteristics would face the risk of being subjected to investigations leveraging the procedural measures of this proposed treaty without notice, potentially resulting in extradition and prosecution for exercising fundamental human rights while usin. [...] Such an outcome – facilitated by an instrument adopted by the UN General Assembly – would damage UN credibility and legitimize state behavior that undermines the rule of law while eroding respect for human rights To make matters worse, the proposed treaty would weaken global cybersecurity and make both individuals and institutions less safe and more vulnerable to cybercrime, thereby undermining it. [...] In essence, instead of serving one of its goals, the protection of private personal information from cybercrime, the treaty would paradoxically increase the risk of such violations and undermine human rights in the process.