14 Jun 2022 10:26:00
Costa Rica becomes 24th State to sign the Second Additional Protocol to the Convention on CybercrimeStrasbourg 14 June 2022
The new Protocol on enhanced co-operation and disclosure of electronic evidence was opened for...
20 May 2022 17:10:00
Ministers of Foreign Affairs call for signature and ratification of the e-evidence Protocol to the Budapest Convention – Andorra is 23rd State to sign this ProtocolStrasbourg 20 May 2022
The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Council of Europe members meeting in Turin, Italy, on 20 May,...
19 May 2022 13:37:00Strasbourg, France 16 May 2022
The Government of Japan has made a voluntary contribution of EUR 45 000 to support the prevention...
13 May 2022 18:00:00
Enhanced co-operation and disclosure of electronic evidence: 22 countries open the way by signing the Second Additional Protocol to the Cybercrime ConventionStrasbourg, France and online 12-13 May 2022
The Second Additional Protocol to the Convention on Cybercrime (Budapest Convention), on enhanced...
05 May 2022 23:00:00
12-13 May: International conference and opening for signature of the 2nd Additional Protocol to the Convention on CybercrimeStrasbourg 5 May 2022
Following almost four years of negotiations (September 2017 – May 2021) and formal approval on 17...
Why and how is the Council of Europe working against cybercrime?
Cybercrime – that is offences against and by means of computer systems – has evolved into a significant threat to human rights, democracy and the rule of law as well as to international peace and stability, and it has major social and economic impact. In addition, any crime may involve evidence on a computer system needed in criminal investigations and proceedings.
The approach of the Council of Europe to address these challenges consists of the three inter-related elements of:
- the common standards of the Convention on Cybercrime (opened for signature in Budapest, Hungary, in November 2001) as the most relevant international criminal justice treaty on cybercrime and electronic evidence. It is supplemented by a first additional Protocol on Xenophobia and Racism via computer systems. A second Additional Protocol has recently been adopted;
- the Cybercrime Convention Committee (TCY) consisting of representatives of Parties to the Budapest Convention and responsible for assessing proper implementation of the Convention, preparing Guidance Notes and additional legal instruments, and facilitating cooperation among the Parties;
- capacity building projects by the dedicated Cybercrime Programme Office of the Council of Europe (CPROC) to assist countries worldwide to strengthen their criminal justice capacities for the investigation, prosecution and adjudication of cybercrime and other cases involving electronic evidence in line with the Convention and recommendations of the TCY.
- Information Society and Action against Crime Directorate
- Guide to Human Rights for Internet Users
- Data protection
- Action against Terrorism
- Protecting children
- Artificial Intelligence
- Istanbul Convention: Action against violence against women and domestic violence
- Internet Governance
- European Committee on Crime Problems (CDPC)
- Committee of Experts on the Operation of European Conventions on Co-operation in Criminal Matters (PC-OC)