HomeInsightsEuropean Data Protection Supervisor publishes Opinion on new United Nations convention on cybercrime


+44 (0)20 7612 9612

The EDPS has published an Opinion on the EU’s participation in the United Nations’ negotiations for a Comprehensive International Convention on Countering the Use of Information and Communications Technologies for Criminal Purposes (the UN Convention on Cybercrime).

While reiterating support, in principle, to international cooperation in combatting cybercrime, the EDPS includes recommendations to ensure that the future UN Convention on Cybercrime upholds individuals’ data protection and privacy rights according to EU law.

The EDPS is concerned that if not specifically addressed, the UN Convention on Cybercrime risks weakening the protection of individuals’ fundamental rights, including the rights to data protection and privacy guaranteed under EU law, given the large number of countries, which each have their own legal system, that are partaking in its negotiations. As such, the EDPS advises the EU not to become party to the Convention if the final draft does not guarantee those fundamental rights. To read the EDPS’ press release in full and for a link to the Opinion, click here.