29 April 2010

EU mulls new central cybercrime agency

(OUT-LAW News)
The European Commission will investigate the establishment of a new EU agency to tackle cybercrime. The new agency could be part of Europol, EU ministers have said. The Council of Ministers has asked the Commission to look at its agreed set of cybercrime objectives and investigate whether a new, centralised agency is a better way of achieving those than the current inter-agency co-operation. Its objectives include raising the standard of specialisation of investigators and prosecutors as well as judges and forensic staff; encourage information sharing between countries' police forces; and to harmonise the approaches taken to fighting cybercrime in the EU's 27 countries. see Council conclusions concerning an Action Plan to combat cybercrime (Consilium). See also EU plans IP address snatch to battle cybercrime (The Register).