The “Octopus 2018: Cooperation against Cybercrime” is being held from 11-13 July 2018 at the Hemicycle of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. The event brings together ministers and other high-ranking government representatives, criminal justice experts, and representatives from the Internet industry, civil society and data protection organisations from all over the world to step up international cooperation in the fight against cybercrime. On behalf of the Data Protection Committee, Mr Jean-Philippe Walter, honorary chair of the Bureau of the Committee is participating in the discussions and presenting the Provisional Answers prepared by the Committee to the Questions of the Discussion paper.
The Octopus conference will focus on solutions to strengthen the rule of law in cyberspace through a Protocol to the Budapest Convention. Consultations will be held with civil society, data protection experts and industry to review proposals for more effective ways to secure electronic evidence needed in criminal investigations, for example, through mutual legal assistance and direct cooperation with service providers. The Protocol is to be finalised by the end of 2019. A related topic is access to the WHOIS directory containing information on domain names.
The Octopus Conference is preceded by the plenary meeting of the Cybercrime Convention Committee (T-CY) on 9-11 July 2018 in which the Data Protection Unit also participated as observer.