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Draft position on “The fight against Cybercrime” adopted by the IMCO Committee

08 June 2017

On 8 June, the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) adopted a draft position on “The fight against Cybercrime”. MEP Anneleen Van Bossuyt (ECR, BE) was the Rapporteur for this opinion on an own-initiative report drafted by MEP Elissavet Vozemberg-Vrionidi (EPP, EL) for the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE). An own initiative report is a non-binding document used by the European Parliament to send a political message to the European Commission. The draft position was adopted with 29 votes in favour, two against and 1 abstention.

The own-initiative report on “The fight against Cybercrime” tackles six main issues: prevention (cyber resilience of IT systems and awareness raising), responsibility of service providers, judicial cooperation, collection of data (including e-evidence), capacity building and cooperation with third countries. The amendments adopted by the MEPs in the IMCO Committee stress the vulnerability of Internet of Things (IoT) devices, as they “are often not as well protected as traditional devices connected to the internet”.

Voluntary measures, such as standards, remain a key element in the adopted text. These measures should be developed “on the basis of relevant EU legislation, such as the NIS Directive”, and actors from the private sector should be encouraged to implement them. For instance, the use of the IoT trust label should be promoted.