Budapest Convention or Convention on Cybercrime of the Council of Europe

Part of: GS Prelims and Mains II and III – International Conventions; Cyber security 


  • Convention on Cybercrime, also known as the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime or the Budapest Convention is the first international treaty seeking to address Internet and computer crime (cybercrime) by harmonizing national laws, improving investigative techniques, and increasing cooperation among nations.  
  • It serves as a guideline for any country developing comprehensive national legislation against Cybercrime and as a framework for international cooperation between State Parties to this treaty. 
  • The Budapest Convention is supplemented by a Protocol on Xenophobia and Racism committed through computer systems. 

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