Action against economic crime


About the project

Cybercrime@Octopus is a Council of Europe project based on voluntary contributions aimed at assisting countries worldwide to implement the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime and strengthen data protection and rule of law safeguards

Results are expected in the following areas:

triangle To ensure the organisation of the annual Octopus conferences

triangle To co-fund and support the functioning of the Cybercrime Convention Committee with its enlarged membership, functions and number of meetings

triangle To provide advice and other assistance to countries which are prepared to implement the Budapest Convention and related instruments on data protection and the protection of children


Duration of the project: 1 January 2014 – 31 December 2016.


Action on cybercrime: Article 15 safeguards and law enforcement access to data

[Strasbourg, 19 June 2014] An international conference on rule of law safeguards under the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime and law enforcement access to data is being held on 19 and 20 June 2014 at the Council of Europe.

The evolution and proliferation of information and communication technologies – and with it of crime – are causing major challenges and are adversely affecting the ability of criminal justice authorities to protect people against crime. Challenges include the transnational nature of cybercrime, uncertainty regarding the location of data and jurisdiction, and questions related to transborder access to data for criminal justice purposes.

The aim of the conference is to identify solutions allowing law enforcement to obtain electronic evidence not only in an effective manner but also in a manner consistent with rule of law and data protection requirements.

The conference is part of a dialogue of the Cybercrime Convention Committee (T-CY) with other multiple stakeholders on the question of transborder access to data. It brings together some 100 cybercrime experts as well as data protection authorities, civil society, industry and academia.

Project Cybercrime@Octopus: contribution by Japan

[Strasbourg, 13 May 2014] Japan continues its support to Council of Europe activities against cybercrime through a voluntary contribution for the forthcoming Conference on Article 15 Safeguards and Criminal Justice Access to Data (Strasbourg, 19-20 June). This event is organized under the Project Cybercrime@Octopus.

UK voluntary contribution for West Africa and C-PROC

[Strasbourg, 14 March 2014] The United Kingdom made a voluntary contribution to the Cybercrime@Octopus project. The funds are to support a regional workshop on cyber laws in West Africa and the Cybercrime Programme Office (C-PROC) of the Council of Europe in Bucharest, Romania.

United States support to capacity building

[Strasbourg, 26 February 2014] The US Department of State made a voluntary contribution to the Cybercrime@Octopus project. This contribution is fund capacity building activities to assist countries worldwide in the implementation of the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime.

Council of Europe and Microsoft sign partnership on cybercrime and rule of law safeguards

[Strasbourg, 3 December 2013] The Council of Europe and Microsoft have signed an agreement on Microsoft’s contribution to the new Cybercrime@Octopus project.

Voluntary contributions by Germany, Estonia and Monaco

[Strasbourg, 23 November 2013] Germany made a voluntary contribution to facilitate the participation of experts from Africa and Asia in the Octopus Conference (Strasbourg, 4-6 December). Estonia and Monaco are the first donors of the new project CyberCrime@OCTOPUS. This project will commence in January 2014 and is to support future Octopus conferences, capacity building activities as well as the work of the Cybercrime Convention Committee (T-CY).


Project Summary

Calendar of activities


All activities



Cybercrime Convention (ETS 185)

The Convention in other languages

The Explanatory Report of the Convention

Compilation of Guidance Notes


Protocol on Xenophobia and Racism (ETS 189)

The Protocol in other languages

Convention 108


Octopus Community


Legal Resources



Contact points

LEA/ISP cooperation

Protecting children

Electronic Evidence Guide

Basic judicial training manual

Advanced judicial training manual

1st responder training pack


Alexander Seger
Tel +33-3-9021-4506
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