The Council of Europe and INTERPOL organized a Workshop on channels and avenues for international cooperation in cybercrime, at the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation in Singapore, dedicated to police officers coming from GLACY+ and iPROCEEDS priority countries.
The workshop was opened by H.E. Ambassador Barbara PLINKERT, Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Singapore, who underlined the need for police agencies to engage in international cooperation:
Law enforcement agencies and prosecution services are increasingly required to deal with identification of cybercriminals in foreign jurisdictions or with acquisition of data that are located abroad. Using to the full extent the 24/7 points of contact network and Mutual Legal Assistance Treaties (MLAT) have become key to successful investigations and prosecutions.
The workshop focused on international cooperation instruments available for cybercrime investigation units and on the importance of engaging in cooperation at all levels: police-to-police, police-to-judicial authorities and police-to-service providers. This was also highlighted by Mr. Takayuki OKU, INTERPOL’s Cybercrime Assistant Director, in his welcoming note:
...the question of this workshop is how we can grasp the criminal network and trace back their locations. We need to work closely with each other across the regions and countries to move faster than cyber criminals.
This activity is the third annual appointment of a stream of activities whose final goal is to strengthen international cooperation and streamline the use of the MLA procedures in cybercrime investigations and prosecutions, following up on the International Workshop on MLA and International Cooperation, held in Singapore on 27 February - 1 March 2017 and the Joint International Workshop for Cybercrime Investigation Units and MLA Central Authorities, also held in Singapore on 27-31 August 2018.