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Japan Raises Penalty For Distribution Of Viruses

Japan’s parliament has just enacted a legislation that criminalizes the creation or distribution of computer viruses, in attempts to make the Internet a safe place. The Japanese Government seeks to support the Convention of Cybercrime, a treaty that was ratified by 31 countries that proposes international cooperation in investigating crimes in cyberspace.

The new legislation makes the creation or distribution of a computer virus punishable by up to 3 years or 500,000 yen in fines. Some critics believe that the move may infringe on guaranteed privacy of communications since authorities will be granted the ability to acquire communications logs as well as seize computers that are subject to investigation.

Authorities can also have access to communication logs for up to 60 days, giving them plenty of time to delve deep into a person’s life.

Prior to the enactment of this legislation, Japanese authorities have had a hard time pursuing cyberattacks due to the current law. How do you guys feel about this? Is it more important to try to protect cyberspace or to grant individual freedoms and privacy but live in a rocky online space? Let us know your feedback on our fan page at www.facebook.com/techmento and tell us why you agree or disagree with Japan’s move.

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