iPROCEEDS: Testing avenues and channels for international cooperation in cybercrime cases
The primary purpose of international cooperation in cybercrime investigations and proceedings is the preservation and production of admissible and reliable evidence that can be used in pre-trial and trial proceedings in criminal cases. Electronic evidence in cases of offences against and by means of information technology is usually difficult to collect and relatively volatile; it is therefore crucial that, in investigating and prosecuting cybercrime, the states parties to the Convention on Cybercrime are prepared to employ a variety of international cooperation modalities available under the Convention in an efficient and timely manner.
In this context, the iPROCEEDS project is supporting the criminal justice authorities from South-eastern Europe and Turkey in strengthening their capacities for international cooperation in cybercrime cases and electronic evidence.
A Table-Top Exercise took place on 8-9 May 2019 in Bucharest, Romania, which brought together cybercrime investigators, 24/7 points of contact, representatives of the central authority for mutual legal assistance in criminal matters, and the prosecution service to address the following subjects in the format of real-time, simulated case study scenario:
- Test the application of standard templates for Articles 29/30 requests under the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime (data preservation);
- Test the application of standard templates for Article 31 requests under the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime (MLA requests for subscriber information);
- Test the coordination possibilities between police-to-police cooperation and mutual legal assistance; and
- Explore the possibilities for addressing requests to international cooperation organisations (Europol, INTERPOL, EUROJUST, etc.) and executing incoming requests through various channels.
- Mutual Legal Assistance Request for subscriber information – Template
- Data Preservation Request - Template
- iPROCEEDS project website