In January 2013, the European Commission launched a European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) to provide more efficient channels for Member States to share cybercrime-related information.
What is the problem? The range of cybercrime is growing increasingly
IT networks and end users' terminals are vulnerable to a wide range of threats, not least related to malicious activities, which could undermine citizens' trust in electronic communications and in turn prevent a wider uptake of ICTs. Cybercrime is an increasingly growing trend, and the lack of collecting, reporting and/or sharing data and statistics on offences might widen the disruptive potential of those malicious activities.
Why is EU action required? Fight consistently cybercrime throughout the EU
Europol, in cooperation with the European Commission, was invited to integrate all relevant EU national platforms into a single "cybercrime alert platform". The European alert platform would function as a centre for collection and storage of information about Internet-related offences and for compilation of regular statistical reports on cybercrime. The European Cyber Crime Centre (action 31) acts also as a cybercrime alert platform.
What has the Commission done so far?
The Commission launched a European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) in January 2013 to provide more efficient channels for Member States to share cybercrime-related information.
What will the Commission do next?
The Commission will ensure that EC3 delivers are in line with the vision outlined in the 2012 Communication "Tackling Crime in our Digital Age: Establishing a European Cybercrime Centre". Its current focal points are fighting cybercrime, child sexual exploitation and payment card fraud.