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Japan Criminalizes Virus Creation 79

camperslo writes with this excerpt from "Japan's parliament enacted legislation Friday criminalizing the creation or distribution of computer viruses to crack down on the growing problem of cybercrimes, but critics say the move could infringe on the constitutionally guaranteed privacy of communications. With the bill to revise the Penal Code passing the House of Councillors by an overwhelming majority, the government intends to conclude the Convention on Cybercrime, a treaty that stipulates international cooperation in investigating crimes in cyberspace.'" Adds camperslo: "This legislation is a major move for Japan since the constitution there provides for privacy of communications, in sharp contrast with some other countries."
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Japan Criminalizes Virus Creation

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  • by discord5 (798235) on Friday June 17, 2011 @07:47AM (#36472734)

    The legislation makes the creation or distribution of a computer virus without a reasonable cause punishable by up to three years in prison or 500,000 yen in fines, and the acquisition or storage of one punishable by up to two years in prison or 300,000 yen in fines.

    I hope it's a bit more defined than that, because getting infected with a virus could lead up to a $3700 USD fine if it isn't.

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