SIRIUS EU Digital Evidence Situation Report 2019

20 December 2019
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Cross-border access to electronic evidence

The SIRIUS project is a response to the increasing need of European Union (EU) authorities to access electronic evidence from foreign-based Online Service Providers (OSPs), in the context of criminal investigations. Spearheaded by Europol’s European Counter-Terrorism Centre and European Cybercrime Centre, in close partnership with Eurojust and the European Judicial Network, SIRIUS aims to help investigators and judicial authorities to cope with the complexity and the volume of information in a rapidly changing online environment. The project’s focus is to foster knowledge-sharing through events and training, as well as through a restricted platform, where practitioners from all Member States (MS) and third countries with operational agreement with Europol can find up-to-date information regarding cross-border access to electronic evidence.

In 2018, the project received funding from the European Commission’s Service for Foreign Policy Instruments (FPI) to support the implementation of the EU-US Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) and the practical measures on cross-border access to electronic evidence agreed by the Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) Council in June 2017.