Research on Legislation in Data Privacy, Security and the Prevention of Cybercrime

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The International Telecommunication Union’s Development Bureau mandate is to assist developing countries to acquire the knowledge and develop the founding blocks for an information society. One of these founding blocks is cybersecurity. In order to compile general but adequate guidelines on such a vast area, research on existing legislation in developing countries and multinational frameworks is examined on both a content level, encompassing intellectual property, digital rights management and anti-circumvention, and a network security level, incorporating areas such as technical standards and integrity of data, with a close look at the security of information infrastructure (privacy and data protection) and computer-related crimes (spamming and identity theft), among other topics.




Within the framework of the WTDC-02 Istanbul Action Plan Programme 3 (E-Strategies and E-Services/Applications), ITU is mandated to assist Member States in developing laws and model legislation for e-services, prevention of cybercrime, security and data privacy. Within this context, Ms Michela Menting Yoell undertook research as an intern in the ITU/BDT E-Strategies Unit as part of her postgraduate work for a Master in Law (LLM) in information technology, media and e-commerce at the University of Essex in the United Kingdom.


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