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The Council of Europe Proposes Cybercrime Unit

The Council of the European Union is contemplating the creation of a cybercrime unit that would foster international cooperation on issues arising from technology-related matters. The centralized agency would bring together law enforcement agencies and other organizations dedicated to fighting cybercrime. This possible measure was proposed during the general affairs meeting of the council, held in Luxembourg on April 26.

The Council of Europe, comprised of ministers from 27 nations, requested that the European Commission create a study to determine the feasibility of the idea. According to a recent article, the proposed cybercrime unit would work to fight internet crime in the following ways:

“The proposed cyber center would serve as a permanent liaison body with user and victims’ organizations and the private sector. It would gather and update standards on best practices on technological investigation techniques in the police, judicial and forensic authorities and evaluate and streamline the use of computer investigation tools by police officers, judicial authorities and forensic staff in Europe. Another function of the center would be to write annual reports on cyber crime in Europe and on technology-related problems.”

While the site of the proposed cybercrime center has not yet been determined, a possible location for the center would be at Europol in The Hague in the Netherlands.

The Council of Europe laid out a set of goals that it would like to achieve over time. One long-term goal, for instance, is the adoption of a common approach to recalling IP addresses and domain names linked to cybercriminal activity.

The proposed unit for Europe is one more step in the global fight against cybercrime. Since this growing field of illegal activity easily transcends international borders, cooperation among nations in an essential component to cracking down on cybercrooks and online crime havens in order to protect the ever-increasing number of internet users throughout the world.  (link to other aticles?)

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