Alexander Seger, Head of Cybercrime Division at the Council of Europe, hosted the online session and was joined by guest speakers representing two significantly different geographical regions; but ones facing similar concerns -
- Deborah WEISS, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Communications, Fiji
- Momodou JALLOW, Principal ICT Officer, Ministry of Information and Communication Infrastructure, The Gambia
Alexander Seger started the online meeting by highlighting what the current state of the art for Cybercrime Legislation is, and how it is put into practice across the globe. From his perspective, the growth figures are promising and show that countries are uniting by introducing consistent measures. More needs to be done in this area, and there are many opportunities for improvement, but the signs are encouraging.
The guest presenters then provided summaries of the local situation in their respective countries and the specific circumstances they are facing.
One topical issue that is also relative globally is the current COVID-19 epidemic. Several times it was used as an illustration to represent how criminal actors are exploiting the crisis for financial gains, at the expensive of worried and vulnerable citizens. It is deeply saddening that people will utilise such situations to make monetary profits and to exaggerate suffering; but, it also perfectly demonstrates why effective and consistent measures can help to deliver justice quickly.
Forms of cybercrime and electronic evidence are prevalent in numerous criminal activities. Thus, it was stressed in the presentation of the Gambia that cybercrime procedures should not be limited to the predefined cybercrime offences - as this will limit the collection of electronic evidence in other crimes.
The webinar was informative and could be useful for many people, especially officials from national authorities - including Law Enforcement Agencies, judiciary, prosecutors, etc. More information and the recording of the webinar is available on the site of the COE.
Images were taken from the COE website and the webinar recording.