Brussels, 26 November 2001
Commission organises Forum on cybercrime
On 27 November 2001, the first Plenary Session of the EU Forum on Cybercrime organised by the European Commission takes place at the Charlemagne building of the Commission in Brussels. Service providers and other industrial players, law enforcement and privacy protection authorities, and civil liberties organisations will have the opportunity to comment at the Forum on various aspects of the problem of Cybercrime and Cybersecurity and the development of EU policy in this area. The Commission attaches great importance to the security of networked systems and the fight against Cybercrime. This is underscored by the adoption of a comprehensive eEurope Action Plan last year at the Feira European Council, which highlights the importance of network security and the fight against cybercrime.
Communications networks and information technologies have become a critical part of the infrastructure of our economies. The European institutions and the Member States face the challenging task of developing an effective policy to stimulate cybersecurity and combat cybercrime. It is necessary to prevent criminal activity through the reinforcement of network security and, if prevention fails, ensure that law enforcement authorities have the appropriate means to act, while respecting the fundamental right to privacy and legitimate business interests. This task involves balancing varying societal interests, such as network security, law enforcement powers, privacy protection and economic priorities.
As a basis for discussion the European Commission issued at the end of January a Communication on "Creating a Safer Information Society by Improving the Security of Information Infrastructures and Combating Computer-related Crime" (available at http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/topics/telecoms/internet/crime/index_en.htm).
This Communication addresses various issues such as encryption, filtering, interception, retention of traffic data, anonymous use, international co-operation of law enforcement, and evidential validity of computer data. It also describes a number of actions, both legislative and non-legislative. The Forum takes place in the context of a wide-ranging consultation process launched with a view to evaluating if further measures are required in this field.
Journalists who wish to attend this Forum, which starts at 9.30 a.m. are kindly requested to inform Per Haugaard at Per.Haugaard@ec.europa.eu