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Microsoft seeks ‘Digital Geneva Convention’ on cybercrimes

San Francisco, Feb 15: A week before Microsoft’s “Future Decoded” event in Mumbai that will highlight how digital technology is empowering people, a top company executive has called for “Digital Geneva Convention” to protect innocent civilians from cybercrimes. While addressing a RSA cybersecurity conference in San Francisco on Tuesday, Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith called on the world’s governments to host a “Digital Geneva Convention”.

“Needed: a Digital Geneva Convention to protect civilians on the internet, as the 1949 Geneva Conv. protects civilians in times of war. #RSAC,” Smith tweeted ahead of the conference.

In another tweet he said that “Tech’s cybersecurity promise must be clear. We will assist and protect customers everywhere. We will not help attack customers anywhere. #RSAC” The origil “Geneva Convention” is primarily a set of global agreements, signed in 1949 and negotiated in the aftermath of the Second World War (1939-45), to protect civilians, prisoners and others during war.

In simpler words, Microsoft wants the world to agree on stop hacking innocent civilian targets who cannot hack back.

“Just as the Fourth Geneva Convention has long protected civilians in times of war, we now need a Digital Geneva Convention that will commit governments to protecting civilians from tion-state attacks in times of peace,” Smith wrote in a blog post. (IANS)

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