Strengthening Security and Fundamental Freedoms on the Internet - an EU Policy on the Fight Against Cyber Crime

15-01-2009

This study examines the human rights aspects of the Internet, and looks in detail at the relevant criminal law rules of the Council of Europe and the EU. It also examines other aspects of the issue of cyber-crime, such as data protection rights, the EU’s Safer Internet programme, child pornography, attacks on information systems, terrorism, racism and xenophobia. The study concludes that the EU should set the following priorities in this area: a) the adoption of a non-binding Internet Bill of Rights, a draft of which is presented in the Annex; b) the development of EU substantive and procedural criminal law regarding cybercrime; and c) the development of EU operational action as regards cyber-crime.

This study examines the human rights aspects of the Internet, and looks in detail at the relevant criminal law rules of the Council of Europe and the EU. It also examines other aspects of the issue of cyber-crime, such as data protection rights, the EU’s Safer Internet programme, child pornography, attacks on information systems, terrorism, racism and xenophobia. The study concludes that the EU should set the following priorities in this area: a) the adoption of a non-binding Internet Bill of Rights, a draft of which is presented in the Annex; b) the development of EU substantive and procedural criminal law regarding cybercrime; and c) the development of EU operational action as regards cyber-crime.

External author

Steve Peers (University of Essex, United Kingdom)