Cybersecurity experts in the spotlight on future EU plans for crime and policing

07 January 2014

Experts in cyber crime, data protection and human rights will give evidence to the House of Lords Home Affairs, Health and Education EU Sub-Committee tomorrow, Wednesday 8 January, as part of the Committee’s ongoing inquiry into the future EU Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) programme

At 11.00 am, the Committee will speak to:

  • Charlie McMurdie, former head of the Metropolitan Police central e-crime unit and senior crime adviser for PricewaterhouseCoopers;
  • Professor Douwe Korff, Professor of International law at London Metropolitan University specialising in human rights and data protection; and
  • Steve Purser, Head of Core Operations, European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA).

The witnesses are likely to face questions including:

  • What is your assessment of the cybersecurity and data protection priorities set out in the Stockholm Programme, and did they lead to action?
  • What further action at EU level, if any, should the future JHA programme recommend in relation to cybercrime? Is there a need for legislation, more strategy or greater cooperation in this area?
  • What preliminary assessment have you made of the work of the European Cybercrime Agency and does Europol effectively promote Member State cooperation when it comes to cybercrime?
  • How effectively do Member States engage with each other in tackling cybercrime and how effectively is the EU working with other international parties on this issue?
  • How effectively have recent data protection measures been implemented and is there a need for greater transposition and a review of implementation?
  • What balance should be struck between meeting law enforcement community needs and protecting privacy rights when developing data protection policies?

The evidence session will take place on Wednesday 8 January at 11.00 am in Committee Room 3.

The session will be webcast at and is also open to the public. Journalists wishing to attend should go to Parliament’s Cromwell Green Entrance and should allow time for security screening.

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