Digital evidence, privacy and security in the European Union


Terrorist and criminal organisations are increasingly relying on information and communication technologies (ICT) to plan and coordinate their activities. In the age of Big Data, intelligence and law enforcement agencies could exploit the deluge of available data to support criminal investigations and help prevent violence. Police and security agencies would clearly like to access this data to reveal terrorists’ operational schemes and intentions. Nevertheless, access to personal data needs to be balanced with the need to guarantee citizens’ privacy and safety on the internet. A Digital Forum seminar, organised in cooperation with the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI), was held on November 23rd to discuss the need for an international response to achieve effective criminal justice, at least within the EU. Tommaso De Zan (IAI) presented a research paper offering up eight ‘suggestions’ to the current debate within the EU institutions about how to effectively prosecute crime in cyberspace. The seminar also heard contributions from Monika Kopcheva, Council of the European Union; Cathrin Bauer-Bulst, DG Migration and Home Affairs; Joost Raeven, Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice; and Alexander Whalen, of Digital Europe.

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