Cybercrime is very much transnational crime. Urgent measures that are needed to preserve data at the national level are also necessary within the framework of international co-operation.

Chapter III of the Convention on Cybercrime provides a legal framework for international cooperation with general and specific measures, including the obligation of countries to cooperate to the widest extent possible, urgent measures to preserve data and efficient mutual legal assistance.

The Convention on Cybercrime is complemented by a wide range of other treaties of the Council of Europe on international cooperation in criminal matters (see Transnational Criminal Justice).

Important channels of cooperation include the I-24/7 global communication system of Interpol as well as the National Central Reference Points established by Interpol, that is, a network of designated investigators working in national computer crime units in more than 120 countries.

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