Senate passes bill to regulate computer crime in line with Budapest Convention
14 marzo 2019

On March 13, the Senate passed a bill that modifies the law on computer crimes and brings Chilean legislation into line with the Budapest Convention (Exp. 12192). It updates Chilean law by outlining seven new electronic crimes and their respective penalties, including data interception, fraud and computer forgery. The bill is now to be handed back to the Public Security Committee for debate. There senators will analyze each article individually, and may incorporate changes where appropriate. This will begin April 15.

The Senate passed the bill unanimously, with legislators of the belief that the existing legislation, which dates back to the 1990s, was outmoded and out of step with technological advances. However, some senators suggested that during its next committee phase review, it will be necessary to revise the bill’s content to prevent it too becoming obsolete in the near future.

Now the bill will be sent to the Public Safety Committee, where senators will evaluate it article by article, introducing changes where necessary. This will occur as of April 15, the deadline for presenting proposals for modifying the bill.

It should be noted that the bill is an initiative of the Executive Branch, which is committed to tackling computer crime following the 2018 cyber-insecurity breaches that rattled the Chilean financial system. For this reason, it stipulates new crimes such as sabotage and computer espionage; undue interception between computer systems; illegal collection of computer data; computer forgery; and computer fraud. Perpetration of each of these crimes will be met with corresponding punishment.


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