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Cybercrime policies/strategies

The Cyber Security Strategy of Latvia 2014-2018 was adopted by the Cabinet of Ministers (government) in January 2014.

On 17 September 2019, the Cabinet of Ministers approved the informative report ‘Cyber Security Strategy of Latvia for 2019-2022’. The cyber security policy aims to strengthen and improve cyber security capabilities by boosting resilience against cyber-attacks and enhancing public awareness of threats in cyberspace. To achieve its objective, policy proposes actions in five areas: enhanced cyber security and manageable digital security risks; resilience of ICT systems; better universal access to strategic ICT systems and services; public awareness, education and research; international cooperation; rule of law in cyber space and cyber-crime prevention.

Specialised institutions

Latvian 24/7 contact point cooperates with specialized Cybercrime investigation unit of the Economic Crimes Enforcement Department of the Central Criminal Police Department.

On October 5, 2006, the Latvian 24/7 point of contact was established within State Police Central Criminal Police Department of International Cooperation Department in accordance with the law “Convention on Cybercrime and Additional Protocol to the Convention on Cybercrime, Concerning the Criminalization of Acts of a Racist and Xenophobic Nature” Article 6, and with Article 35 of the Convention on Cybercrime. The ICB is composed of the 1st Unit (Operational cross-border cooperation (24/7) and SIS/SIRENE) of the International Cooperation department

The operational 24/7 contact point (CP) is the 1st Unit of the International Cooperation Department (Unit) of the Central Criminal Police Department of the State Police.

The Unit acts as an international criminal judicial cooperation "front office", providing a single point of contact (SPOC) by coordinating all international exchange of information in the 24/7 regime (Interpol, Europol, SIRENE, cooperation in criminal matters, cybercrime contact point). Thus, Latvia has implemented a "one stop shop" concept by including all the international police cooperation services in a common data acquisition and processing flow.


The CP’s competences:

  • providing and exchanging information between Latvian and foreign law enforcement agencies 24/7;
  • assisting Latvian and foreign law enforcement agencies in combating and prevention of organized crime, cybercrime and illegal immigration;
  • dealing with persons identification, check of documents, search of wanted and missing persons, search of stolen vehicles and items;
  • coordination of involved authorities in cases of prevention and investigation of cross-border crimes, including police cooperation in the framework of Schengen convention (For instance, Article 40-41);
  • general police co-operation (Article 39 of Schengen Convention);
  • Swedish initiative (Council Framework Decision 2006/960/JHA);
  • Prüm hit follow-up procedure


The CP officers have investigative powers and applies any investigative measure task related to activities within criminal case. CP also provides instant support in order to perform investigation or criminal proceedings; in addition, it collects electronic evidence in relation to various types of offences.


The legal basis for the operations of the State Police is the Constitution of the Republic of Latvia, international agreements, Law on Police, other laws and regulatory enactments of the Republic of Latvia, and decisions of local governments, if they are not contrary to the laws of the Republic of Latvia.


Function of ICD which is dedicated to tackling cybercrime is based on 2001 Convention on Cybercrime and Directive 2013/40/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 12 August 2013 on attacks against information systems.


Latvian Computer Emergency Response Team - CERT.LV (in Latvian; in English)

Jurisprudence/case law

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