The Senate finally ratified the Council of Europe Cybercrime Convention last Thursday. The convention was held up in the Senate for years, mostly because of unfounded fears that there must be something sneaky hidden inside it. In truth, ratification by the U.S. was entirely symbolic: the convention is a basic outline of existing United States computer crime law, and doesn’t require any changes to domestic law. Still, it was a little embarrassing that the U.S. hadn’t ratified the convention until now: It’s a little tricky to convince other countries to adopt the basic contours of U.S. law when you can’t get the U.S. Senate to ratify the same.
Thanks to Deven Desai for the link.