What is the problem? Wide range of cybercrime
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 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 Cybercrime Platform is expected to be a major element of the European Cyber Crime Centre (action 31).
What will the Commission do?
- Launch a European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) to provide more efficient channels for Member States to share cybercrime-related information.