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Montevideo: 11th Summit of Latin America Interpol Working Group on cyber & tech crime

Interpol Summit in Montevideo against tech crime

During the inauguration in Montevideo, Uruguay of the XI International Conference of the Interpol Working Group on Technology Crime (including cybercrime) , the President of the Interpol Working Group Mr. Miguel Angel Justo (from Argentina) said that “the police of the countries of Latin America must bring their national legislation on tech crime to the conference, in order to increase cooperation to better cope with cybercrime”.
After inaugurating the 11th Meeting of the Working Group in Montevideo, the Principal of the Argentine Federal Police Mr. Justo also said that “the ongoing challenge is to achieve international cooperation against technology and Internet crime.”

“There is no technique that can advance in cybercrime without achieving  international cooperation, due to the dynamic nature of the Internet,” Police Chief Justo said, estimating  that “international cooperation is the only way to circumvent the difficulty of defining the jurisdictions in investigating a cyber crime of this type.”

The current state of cooperation “today may not be the ideal to which we aspire,” Mr. Justo admitted. “We think our countries should have a better legal and legislative framework to fight cybercrime, but to alleviate the shortcomings of law we are making efforts at the regional level within the framework of Interpol,” he added.

Justo explained that the nature of such crimes makes it difficult to apply traditional rules. For example, in most countries of the region Business Internet Service Providers BSIP are not required to store information for a specific period.

“When there is no obligation for them to store this information, we do not have the information necessary to conduct an investigation,” he said.

“This happens in most countries , and very few have legislated on the subject”, added Mr. Justo that “ at some point our countries are going to regulate this technology , so that we can do our police work, “he said.

From Wednesday until Friday in Montevideo, representatives of police research units of each country devoted to combating cybercrime will exchange information on new types of crime through the use of Internet and social networking and ways to combat them.

The participants and members of this Working Group include Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Venezuela, Spain, France, Dominican Republic, Ecuador and Paraguay.