July 8, 2015 - Ottawa, Ontario - Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada
The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today announced that Canada has ratified the Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime, commonly known as the Budapest Convention.
The Budapest Convention is an international treaty that provides signatory states with legal tools to help in the investigation and prosecution of computer crime, including Internet-based crime, and crime involving electronic evidence. Because of the borderless nature of cybercrime, cooperation between countries is essential to investigate and prosecute it effectively. Ratification of the convention strengthens Canada’s ability to cooperate fully with its international partners in the fight against cybercrime, including by enhancing Canadian law enforcement agencies’ ability to request assistance, as well as their ability to respond to foreign requests. Canada’s ratification is part of a broader effort to ensure that cyberspace remains a free, open and secure environment for Canadians.
Julie Di Mambro
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs
Media Relations Office
Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada
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