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01 October 2003 - Media release

INTERPOL Assembly adopts communications Security Charter

BENIDORM, Spain - Delegates to INTERPOL's annual General Assembly have adopted a strict new Security Charter to ensure trust in the use of the organization's state-of-the-art police communication system, I-24/7.

The resolution adopted by conference delegates - who came to Benidorm from 157 of INTERPOL's 181 member countries - commits users of the I-24/7 network to a set of common security guidelines to ensure that the new system functions in maximum security conditions.

The I-24/7 system will enable police to communicate critical information, including photographs, fingerprints, DNA information and even video, around the world to law enforcement agencies in INTERPOL's member nations over a heavily encrypted network.

So far 78 nations have connected to the new Internet-based system, and by June 2004 all member countries will have had the opportunity to be using it.

'A key issue for the police who will be using our new communication system is trust,' said Stanley Morris, co-director of the I-24/7 project. 'We believe this new Security Charter will help to create a security environment that will give confidence in the system to all users.'

The Charter's main objective is to develop a collective commitment among users to meet internationally-recognized security standards and to reassure the INTERPOL community that these standards are being met.

It sets out the principles which connected entities - INTERPOL's National Central Bureaus (NCBs) and regional offices in member countries as well as law enforcement agencies using the system - should strive to follow with regard to security of the network, workstations and access to INTERPOL services.

This will involve the appointment of a system security officer within each member country. It will also result in the installation of a sophisticated worldwide password system which will control access to workstations connected to the I-24/7 network.

'This mutual security partnership between the INTERPOL General Secretariat, NCBs and other users will help guarantee a full security environment that is vital for the successful and effective use of the new I-24/7 system,' said project co-director Stuart Cameron-Waller.

INTERPOL is the world's largest international police organization. It was founded in 1923 to help law enforcement agencies combat trans-border crime.