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ICT Law Projects

Managing Alternatives for Privacy, Property and Internet Governance

INTERPOL is participating in a European Union-funded project establishing a forum for stakeholders to engage in high-level expert discussions on the move towards a digital society and the challenges this has created for the individual and society.

The MAPPING project is led by 13 partners from law enforcement, private industry, research institutes and academia.

Concept

The MAPPING forum brings together a diverse range of stakeholders to consider digital transition issues. It aims to create a common understanding of the economic, social, legal and ethical aspects of Internet developments and potential consequences for the individual and society.

To this end, the project focuses on three regulatory domains:

  • Internet governance;
  • Human rights, including the right to privacy;
  • Intellectual property rights.

Objectives

  • Provide a dedicated forum for stakeholders;
  • Internet governance: analyse the current situation and offer a platform for discussion on new developments, including law enforcement needs;
  • Discuss privacy considerations in the development of business models largely based on personal data, and create a legal framework for the transfer of such data between sectors;
  • Intellectual property rights: balancing exclusive rights with the interests of growth and innovation.              

Challenges

The global debate about Internet privacy and transparency, and their role in Internet governance, is intensifying. New national developments affecting major Internet actors could significantly impact the way global norms develop in the near future.

  • Internet governance
    The Internet developed organically and outside the jurisdiction of any country or legal system. Law and policy makers still struggle with many of Internet’s developments.   Its lack of physical characteristics make the Internet difficult to regulate. The Internet has evolved into a communication infrastructure which does not fall under the direct responsibility of any single government. This presents a range of challenges for law enforcement agencies involved in online investigations. The use of encryption and anonymization tools exacerbates these challenges by hindering the identification and location of suspects, as well as the collection and analysis of digital evidence.
  • Privacy
    The Internet has created a multi-billion Euro business sector which collects and uses personal data. This rise in online social and economic activity has increased the availability of personal data, which is also valuable for law enforcement investigations as it may contain evidentiary information. The transfer of personal data between the private and public sectors, including law enforcement, currently goes unregulated and needs an appropriate legal framework.
  • Intellectual property rights
    The Internet has also served the emergence of new crime areas. Cybercrime involves billions of euros and affects individuals worldwide.  Identity theft, fraud and misappropriation are a permanent threat to intellectual property rights. In the case of corporate cyber espionage, cybercriminals have reportedly deprived businesses worldwide of stolen intellectual property to the value of EUR 1 trillion.

Funding

The MAPPING project has received funding from the European Union’s 7th Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No. 612345.