Paraguay

Last updated : 29/01/2015

Status regarding Budapest Convention

Status : Observer See legal profile

Cybercrime policies/strategies

Paraguay has not yet adopted a national cyber security strategy or related measures to countering cybercrime. The Government of Paraguay has participated actively in the framework of the Inter-American Strategy to Combat Cybersecurity Threats of the Organization of American States (OAS). In November 2013, the OAS officially announced that it would provide advice and technical assistance to the government of Paraguay in order  to develop a national cyber security strategy that will focus primarily on combating cybercrime and strengthen cyber security.

The Government of Paraguay, through the Directorate General of the Ministry of Justice and the Deputy Public Prosecutor for Cybercrime participated in the Regional Workshop on Cybercrime Legislation in Mexico City from March 31 to April 2, 2014 whereby the representative of the Public Prosecutor provided an overview on the state of criminal law to fight cybercrime and information on the recently created institutions to promote policies regarding cyber security at the national level such as the National Secretariat of Information and Communication Technologies  (SENATIC).

Paraguay has a Security Emergency Response Team (CERTpy) that functions under the umbrella of SENATIC, which is the official national appointed authority on cyber security. The Specialized Cyber Crime Unit of the Public Prosecutor's Office is the authority in charge of the investigation and judicial prosecution of cyber crime nationwide.

Specialised institutions

There are two entities responsible for countering cybercrime and fostering cyber security nationwide. On the one hand, the Computer and Emergency Response Team (CERTpy) which operates under the umbrella of the National Secretariat of Information and Communication Technologies  (SENATIC), which is the official national appointed authority on cyber security and the Specialized Cyber Crime Unit of the Public Prosecutor's Office, which is the authority in charge of the investigation and judicial prosecution of cyber crime nationwide.

The Computer and Emergency Response Team (CERTpy) aims to: (i) serve as a reliable point of contact; (ii) develop an infrastructure to coordinate the response to computer security incidents within the Paraguay; (iii) conduct incident analysis, vulnerabilities and measures to disseminate information on reported vulnerabilities and appropriate response strategies and share relevant knowledge and mitigation strategies with coverage areas, partners, stakeholders and other trusted partners; (iv) assist organizations and institutions to develop their own incident management capabilities (e.g., provide guidelines and information for planning and implementing teams, build relationships and foster discussions among government agencies, public and private companies and academic organizations, and the creation of baselines and reference methods or evaluating the capabilities of such teams, among others.

Jurisprudence/case law

The Supreme Court of Justice of Paraguay has issued judgments and case law related to child pornography and the interception of private communications. The national judgments and case law can be consulted directly in the website of the Supreme Court of Justice of Paraguay at: http://www.csj.gov.py/jurisprudencia/

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