EU to stock internet criminal database
Alert platform targets child porn
European Union members agreed today to create a common alert platform for reporting illegal activities on the Internet.
The system will be used to share information about those suspected of cybercrime with authorities in each of the 27 EU nations. Its goal is to prevent illegal website operators from fleeing to another EU country undetected.
"The Internet can be used for crime all over the globe so the response has to be global," French Interior Minister Michele Alliot-Marie said in a press conference.
EU's criminal intelligence agency Europol will establish and host the system. It will also run a web site where the public can report illegal content.
The European Commission pledged €300,000 (~£239,300, $379,700) to the project, which authorities say will primarily be used to coordinate information on child pornography offenses.
The EU will help fund member states in creating national alert platforms, which will link to the central European alert system.
Details on the scheme will be arranged at the next meeting of Interior ministers beginning November 27. ®
Send in the clowns.
The discrepancy in costing is due to the Smith constant (50,000), measured in units of political gullibility.
I think this has less to do with crime and more to do with giving the EU a basis for justifying it's own police force. The risk for the EU is that the only way to justify it, is to increase the level of policing and the danger is that Europe becomes like the UK is now. Lots of over prosecuted petty crimes simply to justify the many pseudo police forces that exists.
European Criminal Database . . .
. . . coming to a train seat near you, real soon.
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