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Fight against cybercrime
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Fight against cybercrime
The Commission is exploring various avenues for preventing and combating cybercrime in order to tighten up the security of information infrastructures.
Communication from the Commission to the Council, the European Parliament, the Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions: Creating a safer information society by improving the security of information infrastructures and combating computer-related crime [COM(2000) 890 final - not published in the Official Journal]
The development of new information and communication technologies is radically changing our economy and society. The success of the information society is crucial for Europe's growth, competitiveness and employment opportunities. That is why the Commission adopted the eEurope initiative in December 1999 to ensure that the EU can reap the full benefits. The general action plan on the eEurope initiative, approved by the Feira European Council in June 2000, highlights the importance of network security and the fight against cybercrime.
At the same time the growing importance of information and communication infrastructure opens up new opportunities for criminal activities. The European Union has therefore taken a number of steps to fight harmful and illegal content on the Internet, protect intellectual property and personal data, promote electronic commerce and tighten up the security of transactions:
Definition of computer-related crime
The communication addresses computer crime in its broadest sense as any crime involving the use of information technology. The terms "computer crime," "computer-related crime," "high-tech crime" and "cybercrime" share the same meaning in that they describe a) the use of information and communication networks that are free from geographical constraints and b) the circulation of intangible and volatile data.
The main offences covered by existing European and national legislation are:
Legislative and non-legislative proposals
Legislative measures aimed at approximating national provisions on cybercrime need to be backed up by non-legislative measures such as:
The Commission will present legislative proposals on:
Planned non-legislative measures include:
Proposal for a Council Framework Decision on attacks against information systems [COM(2002) 173 final - Official Journal C 203 E of 27.8.2002]
The purpose of this proposal is to develop effective tools and procedures in order to step up judicial cooperation in the field of criminal attacks against information systems.
Council Recommendation of 25 June 2001 on contact points maintaining a 24-hour service for combating high-tech crime [Official Journal C 187 of 3.7.2001]
The purpose of this recommendation is to deal as swiftly and professionally as possible with the various types of high-tech crime.
Last updated: 12.09.2005