Strengthening trust and security
The European Commission's initiatives improve security while surfing the web and enhances trust and inclusion. It boosts the overall level of cybersecurity and fosters digital privacy in Europe.

Trust and security are at the core of the Digital Single Market Strategy, while the fight against cybercrime is one of the three pillars of the European Agenda on Security.

The EU Cybersecurity Strategy, adopted in 2013, outlines the principles that will guide the EU action in this domain - for example the importance of access to the internet, and the protection of fundamental rights online.

Since the launch of the Strategy, the European Commission has stepped up its efforts to better protect Europeans online, including the adoption of different legislative proposals, a significant investment in research and innovation and the development of networks. As cybersecurity knows no border, the Commission, together with the External Action Service, also fosters cooperation with partners on the global stage.

In the ePrivacy domain, the main objective is the protection of the confidentiality and the security of communications, which is rooted in the fundamental right to the respect of private and family life (including communications), as enshrined in the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights.

The Commission is working with social networking sites, the internet industry, parents, and other groups to build a better internet for kids. The Safer Internet Programme funds projects which empower and protect children and young people online

 Europe's e-Inclusion policy ensures that no one is left behind and promotes the use of ICTs to overcome exclusion, and improve employment opportunities, quality of life, social participation and cohesion.

A reliable system of electronic signatures that work across EU countries through trust services and eId is vital for safe electronic commerce and efficient delivery of online public services

Published: 
Tuesday, 10 February, 2015
Last update: 
Tuesday, 9 May, 2017

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DG CONNECT