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Parliamentary questions
9 February 2018
E-007204/2017
Answer given by Mr Avramopoulos on behalf of the Commission

In light of the increasingly greater number of requests for operational support received from Member States, the EU Internet Referral Unit (EU IRU) at Europol recently launched SIRIUS to support online law enforcement investigation. SIRIUS provides a secure environment covering information related to Online Service Providers (OSPs) with manuals, tips, forums, questions & answers — as well as law enforcement developed tools to support Internet-based investigations. It provides guidance, amongst others, to investigators on the type of data that can be directly retrieved from their services.

The information contained within SIRIUS does not include personal data, or requests for deletion of user accounts. SIRIUS is a capacity-building tool fostering knowledge exchange. Currently, 372 law enforcement representatives from EU Member States are members of SIRIUS and are making use of the guidelines on 19 OSPs as well as of the 13 tools which (contributed by the EU IRU and EU Member States) to support Internet-based investigations.

The EU IRU remains committed to flagging terrorist content to host platforms. To date, the EU IRU has assessed in total 42 066 pieces of content, which triggered 40 714 decisions for referral across over 80 platforms in more than 10 languages.

Last updated: 13 February 2018Legal notice