Law enforcement community meets to discuss balancing privacy and cybercrime

The International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law is meeting in Halifax, Canada for its 29th International Conference.
The International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law is meeting in Halifax, Canada for its 29th International Conference.

Members of the International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law are meeting in Halifax, Canada for their 29th International Conference to examine the challenges of balancing privacy and fighting cybercrime.

Lawyers, law enforcement, legislators and judges look to address the key question of how the criminal justice system can properly respond to the competing demands of privacy, law enforcement effectiveness and national security, according to the conference theme.

Members will also discuss how to tackle new forms of criminal activity such as cyber-stalking, cyber-bullying and internet luring. The conference will seek to address ''whether the concept of privacy remains a useful legal conception and, even if it is, whether there can still be any meaningful protection of privacy in the digital and internet age," the theme said.

Other topics will include international cooperation to fight cybercrime, human rights implications of sharing personal data across borders, boundaries of surveillance, search and seizure, use and potential abuse of personal data. 

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