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Legislators Propose International Cybercrime Cooperation Laws

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The International Cybercrime Reporting and Cooperation Act, recently introduced by U.S. Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), would require the U.S. government to study the cybercrime policies of other nations and either aid or punish those countries according to the findings.

The bill requires the president to annually report to Congress on the state of countries' employment of information technology (IT) in critical infrastructure, the scope of cybercrime based in each nation, the sufficiency of each country's cyberlaw enforcement systems, and countries' safeguarding of consumers and commerce online. Furthermore, the legislation would require that programs developed to fight cybercrime be prioritized to countries with low IT penetration in order to deter the creation of future cybercrime sanctuaries in these countries.

Moreover, efforts to assist in the development of critical infrastructure would be encouraged to feature anti-cybercrime programs.

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