THE EUROPEAN Union has launched a strong attack on the Council of Europe's draft convention on cybercrime, a political move that could lead to delays in its adoption and which will almost certainly damage its reputation.

In a paper using unusually strong language for diplomatic circles, the EU's Working Party of Data Protection accuses the draft of being "too vague and confusing" and of threatening "fundamental rights and freedoms."

The document calls for the discussions on the convention to be extended beyond the June ...

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