Press release - DC 129(2011)

Protecting you and your rights: the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime ten years on

Strasbourg, 15.11.2011 – Ten years after its adoption, the Budapest Convention still represents the only accepted international treaty to protect freedom, security and human rights online. Achievements and challenges will be discussed at the annual Council of Europe conference on cybercrime, organised on 21 and 22 November in Strasbourg, which will be followed by a special meeting to mark the 10th anniversary of the Convention on 23 November.

“Establishing effective rules in a place everybody joins but nobody owns is a very demanding task, but rules are necessary to maximise freedom and minimise risks when navigating cyberspace,” said Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland ahead of the anniversary.

To date, 55 countries have signed, ratified or been invited to accede to the Convention. More than 120 countries are cooperating with the Council of Europe to reinforce their legislation and capacity to address cybercrime.

The Convention has had a global impact and resulted in stronger and more harmonised cybercrime legislation worldwide, more efficient international cooperation in investigating and prosecuting Internet-based crimes and closer public-private partnerships.

On this occasion, the Council of Europe will gather experts from all over the world, representing governments, law enforcement and the Internet industry.

In a series of workshops on 21 and 22 November, the 250 or so participants will look into:
· Effective measures against the sexual exploitation and abuse of children
· Cybercrime strategies: key elements and good practices
· High-tech crime units and 24/7 points of contact (workshop closed to the press)
· Capacity building: results of technical cooperation projects.

Speakers in the anniversary session on 23 November include Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland, Attorney General of Australia Robert McLelland, US White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt, UK Home Office Minister for Crime and Security James Brokenshire, Hungary’s State Secretary of the Ministry of Interior Károly Kontrát, as well as the cyberspace coordinator of the US State Department Christopher Painter.

Practical information:

    · The conference is open to the press and will be broadcast live on the Internet (discussions in Room 1 only and anniversary session in the hemicycle):

    · The press room will be accessible throughout the conference (Room 4, 2nd floor).

    · Interviews may be conducted on the spot or by telephone.

More information and programme at

Press contact:

Estelle Steiner, tel. +33 (0)3 88 41 33 35, mobile +33 6 08 46 01 57,

Council of Europe Directorate of Communication
Tel: +33 (0)3 88 41 25 60
Fax:+33 (0)3 88 41 39 11