Statewatch article: RefNo# 36565
EU: Council of the European Union: Justice and Home Affairs info exchange and cyberspace investigations
Statewatch News Online, May 2016
- Draft Roadmap to enhance information exchange and information management including interoperability solutions in the Justice and Home Affairs area (LIMITE doc no: 8437-16, pdf) and updated version: REV 1 (pdf)

64 pages with detailed plans. These quotes from the non-revised version of the document:

"Finally, the Presidency is seeking political commitment to feed and use the information systems to the maximum extent as a conditio sine qua non to achieve an efficient sharing of information. It even would like to discuss options for compulsory exchange of information. Without political commitment to feed and use the existing data systems and acting accordingly, information exchange will not be significantly improved in practice."

It raises the possibility of including DNA in the SIS:

"Enhance the effectiveness of using the Schengen Information System (SIS): A) Include identifiers in alerts (copy passport, digital photo, biometrics, DNA-profiles to be considered) on the basis of existing legal provisions,when available; enable searches on fingerprints and provision of facial image feedback in case of a hit.

B) Implement an Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) functionality in the SIS within the central as well as national system in view of its full use."


Note: Such plans are not subject to approval by the European Parliament or national parliaments - the same goes for the next document.

- Effective operational cooperation in criminal investigations in cyberspace (LIMITE doc no: 8634-16, pdf):

"The NL Presidency prioritises, in line with the Renewed European Union Internal Security Strategy, the improvement of international operational cooperation and development of an EU approach for investigations in cyberspace, including on enforcement jurisdiction."

- Improving criminal justice in cyberspace - draft discussion paper for the Council - draft Council conclusions (LIMITE doc no: 7791-16, pdf): "three main issues:

The need to optimise mutual legal assistance (MLA) processes to secure and obtain e-evidence effectively;
Cooperation with the private sector and the need to avoid the negative impact of conflicting regulations;
How to proceed in investigations and prosecutions of cybercrime and cyber-related crimes in the absence of possibilities for cooperation due to unknown location of required data or of the origin of a cyber attack ("loss (of knowledge) of location")."


- Improving criminal justice in cyberspace - Preparation of the Council debate (Justice Ministers) (LIMITE doc no: 8769-16. pdf): "Draft discussion paper for the Council (Justice and Home affairs), 9-10 June 2016."

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