Today the European Commission has launched a public consultation to identify ways to improve access to electronic evidence for the purpose of criminal investigations.
Nowadays, crime very often leaves digital traces that can serve as evidence in criminal proceedings. For most forms of crimes, in particular cybercrimes, electronic evidence can provide significant leads for investigators, and often the only leads. But gathering evidence in cyberspace also brings new challenges for law enforcement and judicial authorities. In particular, because of the cross-border implications: the information may be stored in other countries or may be processed by companies that have headquarters in different countries to the investigating law enforcement and judicial authorities. Present-day solutions often prove unsatisfactory and can even bring investigations to a halt.
The public consultation will run from 4 August until 27 October 2017.