INTERPOL is participating in this research project, which aims to facilitate the exchange of electronic evidence within the European Union and to enable international cooperation in the criminal sector. Launched in February 2018, the project will run for 21 months.
Its objective is to create a legally valid instrument to exchange digital evidence over the e-CODEX in the framework of mutual legal assistance (MLA) and European Investigative Order (EIO) procedures.
It will pilot the findings of two completed EU-funded projects - EVIDENCE and e-CODEX - in real-life criminal justice cases.
e-CODEX established a proven digital infrastructure that supports the exchange of data between legal authorities for many cross-border legal procedures in civil and criminal law.
In parallel, EVIDENCE developed an overview of the legal frameworks on the use and exchange of electronic evidence; worked on common definitions of the concept of evidence; and identified a technical standard for the exchange of electronic evidence.
INTERPOL’s participation in the project contributed to integrating the law enforcement community and their needs on the use and exchange of electronic evidence.
As a result, the EVIDENCE2e-CODEX application will pilot these projects’ findings in real-life criminal justice use cases with the support of participating Ministries of Justice – members of the project – to verify the developed exchange scenario and pave the way for the electronic evidence exchange in EU Member States.
EVIDENCE2e-CODEX will provide the following specific outputs:
- A ‘true to life’ example of how electronic evidence can be shared over e-CODEX in a secure and standardized way in the context of MLA and EIO cases;
- A standardized approach for representing and exchanging electronic evidence in support of an EIO case, while ensuring the interoperability and the interconnection of existing systems and solutions;
- A comprehensive understanding of large file handling and identification of requirements and challenges towards secure electronic evidence exchange;
- Three workshops on secure electronic evidence exchange with representatives from the legal and technical communities;
- Increased awareness by providing legal and technical stakeholders with ‘ready to use’ information on the EIO, digital evidence and e-CODEX;
- A data protection framework for maintaining the security and integrity of exchanged digital evidence;
- An Action plan and Guidelines for consolidated and EU-wide implementation of the ‘true to life’ example;
- Final project event with stakeholders involved in cross-fertilization action.
This project is co-funded by the European Union’s Justice Programme under grant agreement n° 766468.