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Cybersecurity 08-09-2021

ProtonMail slams French tactics following backlash on climate activist case

Encrypted email service ProtonMail has come under fire after it gave the IP address of a climate activist to the Swiss judiciary at the request of the French police. The company said it had no other choice and criticised France's tactics to obtain the information. EURACTIV France reports.

Covid, cocaine take Europe to ‘breaking point’, says Europol

The coronavirus pandemic could fuel organised crime for years to come in Europe, a continent already at "breaking point" from an unprecedented flood of cocaine, the EU's policing agency warned Monday (12 April).
The European Commission has issued assurances to MEPs that Europol's new 'decryption platform' will not be used to abuse data protection standards and will have closely-guarded access rights over the data retrieved as part of the operation of the technology.
Data protection 24-03-2021

Commission seeks to calm fears over Europol’s decryption platform

The European Commission has issued assurances to MEPs that Europol's new decryption platform will not be used to abuse data protection standards and will maintain closely guarded access rights over the data retrieved.

European police pounce after cracking encrypted phone network

Police said Wednesday (10 March) they had arrested at least 80 people and carried out hundreds of raids in two European countries after shutting down an encrypted phone network used by organised crime groups.
Global Europe 26-02-2021

Extremists and terrorists use pandemic to ‘sell’ their messages, Europol chief warns

Extremist groups, left-wing and right-wing, jihadists and radicals, are taking advantage of the vulnerability created by the pandemic in Europe to spread their message of hate on social networks and the internet, the chief of the EU Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation (Europol), Catherine De Bolle, has warned.
Europol has defended its record in using large datasets for criminal investigations while putting forward an 'action plan' to appease concerns recently raised over the agency's 'illegal' data use by the EU's data protection watchdog.
Digital & Media 02-02-2021

Europol on defensive as concerns raised over ‘illegal’ Big Data tactics

Europol, the EU's law enforcement agency, has defended its record in using large datasets for criminal investigations while putting forward an 'action plan', seen by EURACTIV, to appease concerns raised over the agency's 'illegal' data use by the EU's data protection watchdog.

EU sets out plan to expand Europol’s counter-terror mandate

The European Commission proposed to expand the mandate of the European police agency Europol and reinforce external border controls as part of the bloc's broader counter-terrorism strategy, presented on Wednesday (9 December).
EU law enforcement authorities should make 'significant investments' into developing new screening technologies that could help to detect the malicious use of Deepfakes, a new report from the bloc's police agency Europol recommends.
Digital & Media 20-11-2020

EU police recommend new online ‘screening tech’ to catch deepfakes

EU law enforcement authorities should make 'significant investments' into developing new screening technologies that could help to detect the malicious use of deepfakes, a new report from the bloc's police agency Europol recommends.

Belgium seizes record 11.5 tonnes of cocaine

Belgian police seized 11.5 tonnes of pure cocaine hidden in a scrap metal container in the country's single biggest-ever haul, prosecutors said on Thursday (5 November).
The EU agency for law enforcement has recognized the increasing difficulty of police authorities in Europe to access data stored on encrypted networks, as the EU itself attempts to find legal solutions that will facilitate police access to protected communications.
Digital & Media 06-10-2020

Europol charts ‘value of accessing data’ in encrypted cybercrime 

The EU agency for law enforcement has recognized the increasing difficulty of police authorities in Europe to access data stored on encrypted networks, as the EU itself attempts to find legal solutions that will facilitate police access to protected communications.
Economy & Jobs 10-06-2020

EU governments lose €15bn a year due to counterfeiting, EUIPO says

Governments across the EU lose €15 billion each year due to counterfeiting, which is increasingly often linked with other serious crimes, according to a report by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) published on Wednesday (10 June).
Digital & Media 24-02-2020

EU police plan massive facial recognition database

Police forces in the European Union are planning to establish an interconnected bloc-wide network of facial recognition databases, leaked documents reveal.

Police bust ring smuggling Moroccans to Spain via Gibraltar

Police in Spain and Gibraltar have smashed an unusual migrant-smuggling network which flew Moroccans into the tiny British territory then sneaked them over the border to Spain, arresting 47 people.
Politics 26-11-2019

EU police deal ‘severe blow’ to Islamic State online propaganda

European police said on Monday (25 November) they had dealt a "severe blow" to the Islamic State group's web propaganda, stopping the spread of thousands of items glorifying terrorism.

European police bust gang looting artifacts in Italy

European police have busted an international crime gang involved in trafficking tens of thousands of Greek archaeological artefacts looted from illegal excavations in Italy, law enforcement agencies said Monday (18 November).
Politics 30-04-2019

Experts point out deficiencies in countering the jihadist threat

With the jihadists behind the bloodshed in Paris and Brussels able to criss-cross European borders at will, anti-terror chiefs have been forced to come together to seek a common response to a global threat.

May’s government warns hard Brexit would jeopardise security

A no-deal Brexit would jeopardise security cooperation with the European Union, Britain's security minister Ben Wallace will say on Thursday (29 November).
Economy & Jobs 04-10-2018

MEP: France is wrong to shun OLAF in tackling tobacco smuggling

France and other countries that need help tackling the rising illicit tobacco trade should ask for assistance from the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), according to Czech MEP Tomáš Zdechovský.
Cybersecurity 20-09-2018

Companies may try to bypass GDPR fines by negotiating with cybercriminals, Europol say

Europol, the EU's policing agency, released a report on Tuesday (18 September) in which they warned that EU data protection laws may lead to an increase in cyber-extortion.
Agrifood 13-07-2018

Europol: Massive seizure of fake pesticides which could spray the size of the UK

Europol’s annual Operation SILVER AXE III seized the largest-ever amount of illegal or counterfeit pesticides in Europe this week. But the fact that such massive amounts of illegal pesticides are available has raised concerns about both the economic and health costs.
Cybersecurity 13-06-2018

Parliament demands EU institutions ban Kaspersky Lab cybersecurity products

MEPs have called for the EU institutions to put more money into their in-house cybersecurity units and, in a contentious move, also demanded they stop using products from “malicious” Russian firm Kaspersky Lab.
Data protection 05-04-2018

Privacy regulators in hotseat over future of ‘fundamental’ website owners list

The internet is at risk of becoming fragmented if online databases that show who owns websites are shut down after the EU’s new data protection law takes effect next month, the head of internet domain organisation ICANN has warned.

Terrorist threat still looms over Europe, Europol expert warns

The threat of terrorism “has not diminished and still persists” in Europe, despite the loss of Islamic State territories in Syria and Iraq, according to the head of Europol’s Counter Terrorism Centre, Manuel Navarrete. EURACTIV’s partner Euroefe reports.

Europol appoints Belgian as first female boss

Belgium's Catherine De Bolle pledged to invest more in Europol's capacity to analyse security threats when she was on Thursday (9 March) named as the first woman to head the EU police agency.