On January 30, the floor of Congress unanimously passed Peru’s accession to the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime. This Convention is the first international treaty to deal with the definition of crimes executed through computer networks, and allows signatory countries to share information on cybercrime. The agreement was forwarded to the Executive for enactment.
With 85 votes in favor, zero against and zero abstentions, the MPs ratified the international treaty that urges States to pass domestic legislative measures to criminalize the alteration, erasure, deletion or introduction of computer data that may lead to false information, and deliberate and illegitimate acts that cause property damage to another person.
Also, among other points, the treaty grants powers to competent authorities to request service providers and other individuals to deliver stored data in their possession. Additionally, it establishes that a state may, without the authorization of another party, have access to stored computer data that are available to the public regardless of the geographical location of such data.
Under the Rules of Procedure of the Congress (article 78), legislative resolutions adopting international treaties are exempt from a second vote. Thus it is expected that in the next few days the measure will be formalized through its publication in the Official Gazette.