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Parliamentary questions
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2 August 2019
Question for written answer E-002516-19
to the Commission
Rule 138
Cornelia Ernst (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  Europol investigations of ‘online footprints’
 Answer in writing 

Europol, the EU’s law-enforcement agency, has various methods of identifying digital traces on the Internet. When investigating terrorist attacks, for instance, the agency has been able to determine the identity of social media users active in the vicinity of the crime scene. Europol uses various techniques to search for ‘online footprints’.

1. For how long has Europol been offering Member States assistance in identifying ‘online footprints’ and to what extent do third countries or the Interpol police organisation avail themselves of such assistance?

2. On what occasions has Europol offered such investigative technology, and which countries (including those outside the European Union or Interpol) have made use of it?

3. Which social networks can be identified by Europol in its searches for ‘online footprints’ and what technology is used for this purpose?

Original language of question: DE 
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