Press release - 218(2008)

Conference to propose landmark cybercrime guidelines to increase co-operation between law enforcement and internet service providers

Strasbourg, 28.03.2008 – To reinforce the fight against internet-based crimes – from child pornography and racism to identity theft, fraud and cyber terrorism – a Council of Europe conference in Strasbourg on 1 and 2 April will gather experts from all over the world, as well as representatives of governments, police forces and the Internet industry – including Microsoft, eBay, Symantec and McAfee.

In a series of workshops, participants will review the effectiveness of current cybercrime legislation, identify new threats and trends and discuss ways to improve international co-operation and the functioning of the 24/7 contact points.

Over 200 participants at the conference will be invited to adopt groundbreaking guidelines, the first ever between private industry and the public sector including the police and criminal justice authorities. The draft guidelines build on the existing Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime – to which many countries in Europe and beyond have acceded – and call for formal partnerships between internet service providers (ISPs) and law enforcement.

The draft guidelines proposed for adoption by the Conference have been prepared by the Council of Europe Project on Cybercrime (*) and focus on:

    - the need to prepare written procedures to issue and process requests, and to provide training on how to implement the procedures;

    - knowledge-sharing on cybercrime trends and feedback by law enforcement on investigations conducted on the basis of complaints filed by service providers;

    - emergency assistance: ISPs should establish means by which law enforcement may reach their criminal compliance personnel outside normal business working hours.

The draft guidelines and other information are available at


(*) The Council of Europe Project on Cybercrime, launched in September 2006, is also funded by voluntary contributions from Microsoft and Estonia, and aims at supporting the development of national legislation in line with the provisions of the Convention, training judges, prosecutors and law enforcement officers in the investigation, prosecution and adjudication of cybercrimes as well as fostering international co-operation.

Note to Editors

· Council of Europe Deputy Secretary General Maud de Boer-Buquicchio will open the conference on Tuesday 1 April at 9.30 am in the new Council of Europe building (“G” Building, 1 quai Jacoutot, Room G3).

· Partial live coverage of the event will be available on the website at and in the press room (2nd floor of the Palais de l’Europe).

Press contacts:

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

Panos Kakaviatos, tel. +33 (0)6 07 66 09 43 ;

Council of Europe Press Division
Tel: +33 (0)3 88 41 25 60
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