Action against economic crime

Conference on Article 15 safeguards and criminal justice access to data, 19-20 June 2014 : registrations open

Following the public hearing held on 3 June 2013, the report of the Transborder Group for 2013 and the decision of the 10th Plenary of the Cybercrime Convention Committee (T-CY), the dialogue with relevant stakeholders on transborder access to data is to be continued in 2014.

Thus, a Conference on Article 15 safeguards and criminal justice access to data will be held on 19-20 June 2014, in Strasbourg. This conference is open to representatives of civil society organisations, Internet Service Providers (including ISP associations), social media, cloud service providers, e-commerce platforms, members and observers in the Cybercrime Convention Committee (T-CY) and other interested stakeholders. 

Cybercrime capacity building at the UN Crime Commission

[Strasbourg, 24 April 2014] On 14 May in Vienna, the Council of Europe will organize a side-event on “cybercrime capacity building” at the 23rd session of the UN Commission for Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice. The event is to illustrate how cooperation programmes can help societies meet the challenge of cybercrime. Partners are the Governments of Estonia, Japan, Norway, Romania and Panama, the Department of Justice of the Philippines, the Organisation of American States (OAS), and the United Nations African Institute for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders (UNAFRI).

LATAM workshop on cybercrime legislation in Mexico City

Accelerating accession to the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime by countries of Latin America is the objective of an international workshop organised by the Government of Mexico and the Council of Europe from 31 March to 2 April in Mexico City.

The workshop was opened on Monday morning by Mariana Benítez, Deputy Prosecutor General of Mexico, who pointed at the efforts currently underway in Mexico to complete the accession process in the coming months.

Much of the discussion on the first day focused on the Budapest Convention as providing a framework reconciling the obligation of public authorities to prosecute cybercrime with rule of law and human rights principles. Aleida Alavez Ruiz, Vice Chair of Federal Chamber of Representatives and member of the Mexican delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, also called for the accession by Mexico to data protection convention 108 of the Council of Europe.

Some 200 representatives from the legislative, judicial and executive powers and private sector representatives from Mexico, and well as representatives from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Panama, Paraguay and Peru participate in the event.

Cyber legislation in the ECOWAS region

[Strasbourg, 7 March 2014] The Council of Europe will support a multi-agency workshop to promote the harmonization of cyber legislation in West Africa. The workshop will be hosted by the Kofi Annan International Peace Keeping Training Centre in Accra, Ghana, from 18 to 21 March 2014.

LATAM workshop on cybercrime in Mexico City

[Strasbourg, 3 March 2014] The Government of Mexico and the Council of Europe will undertake a joint effort to promote accession the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime by countries of Latin America. A workshop will be held in Mexico City on 1-2 April.