The EU Council of Ministers has adopted an “Action plan” for a strategy to combat cybercrime.
The Action Plan consists largely of uncontroversial and laudable objectives, including
- Various forms of greater cooperation and information sharing between EU law enforcement bodies, both at EU and Member State level;
- Expert training in cybercrime issues for investigators, prosecutors and judicial authorities; and
- Improved assessment of trends in cybercrime.
A hat-tip is given to some “ongoing” projects, some of which are not yet well known and do have the potential to be controversial:
- The CIRCAMP project to develop a European filtering system against child sexual abuse contents;
- the Europol Working Group on Monitoring of Internet Communication; and
- the inventory of good practices to investigate commercial distribution of child abuse images, facilitated by the European Financial Coalition (EFC), which is led by Jim Gamble of the UK’s Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre
The Europol Working Group in particular appears only never to have been mentioned in public before. One mention is buried in one line on page 22 of the Europol work plan for 2010. Europol do not, however, publish their work plan on their web site - although they did manage to list their fictional appearances.
The Action Plan also calls for one new initiative that may cause some concern with ISPs:
To adopt a common approach in the fight against cybercrime internationally, particularly in relation to the revocation of Domain Names and IP addresses.