The European Union opened today the EU Cybercrime Center (EC3), located at the European Police Office, Europol, in The Hague. The EC3 enhances the EU’s capacity to fight cybercrime and defend an internet that is free, open and secure.
“The center will mark a significant step forward in the EU’s endeavour to fight cybercrime and increase cyber security, building on human rights and fundamental freedoms,” said EU Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmström, noting that never before has the EU responded in such a strong way to the threats posed by cybercriminals. “As of today, the EC3 will strive to be the European focal point in the fight against cybercrime, equipped with state-of-the-art technology and a strong team of highly-qualified personnel.”
Commissioner Malmström pointed out that she counts on the EC3 to be an important facilitator for the EU in its cooperation with the United States and other countries to combat online sexual crimes against children. The EU and U.S. recently launched a Global Alliance against Child Sexual Abuse Online. The initiative includes the 27 EU Member States as well as 21 countries outside the EU.
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