Microsoft says UN cybercrime treaty could be abused by authoritarian states

Share post:

Microsoft is warning that the United Nations’ cybercrime treaty could be abused by authoritarian states.

Microsoft published a LinkedIn post detailing its concerns about the treaty draft, which it says is too broad and could be used to criminalize online content, introduce new surveillance powers, and expand cross-border government access to personal data.

According to Microsoft, “The risk is that the treaty will not be a tool for prosecuting criminals but rather a weapon that allows for intrusive data access and surveillance instruments. The result could be an international agreement granting authoritarian states the power to suppress dissent under the guise of fighting cybercrime.”

The latest versions of the treaty have done little to assuage those concerns. The current version includes a definition of cybercrime that goes beyond traditional computer hacking and has provisions that authoritarian states could abuse.

Microsoft is calling on UN members to limit the scope of the treaty and incorporate human rights safeguards. It is also urging the group to consider criminalizing only “core cybercrime offences” like illegal hacking.

The UN committee negotiating the treaty is set to wrap up its current negotiation session and will conclude negotiations at the next session in early 2024.

The sources for this piece include an article in Axios.

Featured Tech Jobs


Related articles

EU competition legislation gives alternative browser a 250% boost

The European Union's Digital Markets Act (DMA), effective from March 7, 2024, is beginning to reshape the mobile...

US Bill Aims to Unveil AI Training Data Sources Amid Copyright Concerns

In a significant move toward transparency, a bill was introduced in the US Congress on Tuesday by California...

One billion dollar copyright infringement killed on appeal

The $1 billion copyright infringement verdict against Cox Communications was overturned by a federal appeals court, which ruled...

Serious IT incidents in Canadian financial sector almost tripled in 2023

MPs told there were 28 reportable Priority 1 IT incidents in 2023, up from 10 the y

Become a member

New, Relevant Tech Stories. Our article selection is done by industry professionals. Our writers summarize them to give you the key takeaways