EU ministers: providers must intensify cooperation with authorities




Investigation Services and the police should have quicker access to ‘digital evidence’ and providers should cooperate more closely to this end with the authorities. That aim, the Ministers of Justice and Home Affairs of the EU lidstatenin published a joint statement.

The European Council will work out concrete measures in June on deepening cooperation. The statement was Thursday after a quickly slotted meeting between the Ministers of Justice and Home Affairs published, following the terrorist attacks in Brussels.

The aim of the meeting was to learn from the experiences of the Belgian authorities’ recurrent patterns “of terrorist attacks and networks. According to the ministers, it is inter alia, that can be laid quickly and effectively based on digital evidence. This would be done by strengthening cooperation with countries outside the EU and service providers that operate in European territory. Which should maintain direct contact with the authorities charged with enforcing the law.

In addition, should European and international databases in the fields of security, travel and migration better to close to each other, these should be systematically fed and they should be used consistently. The ministers speak of “full use of technical developments in this field,” without going into detail but to touch on the development of a European computerized fingerprint recognition system while ensuring privacy.

Ministers took the opportunity to press for an agreement on the introduction of a better system for the exchange of passenger data. Critics fear that this system for Passenger Name Records civil intrude too much.


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