On 1 December, a news release from Europol advised publication of the 2nd annual edition of the SIRIUS EU Digital Evidence Situation Report which outlines the status of EU authorities in retrieving electronic data held by foreign-based online service providers (OSP) in 2019. It says that cross-border access to digital information is paramount to an ever-increasing number of investigations, ranging from economic crimes and drug trafficking to terrorism, cybercrime and child sexual exploitation. In one case mentioned in the report, law enforcement officers were able to find an abducted child after requesting GPS data from a social media platform. The report encompasses extensive information gathered from over 325 surveyed officials of EU Member States’ law enforcement and judicial authorities, together with relevant input coming from a dozen major OSPs and reference to national legislation. The volume of cross-border requests submitted by EU authorities to OSP increased significantly in 2019 with a large majority of them issued by Germany (37.7% of requests), France (17.9%) and the UK (16.4%). The news release says that in the last 2 years, EU authorities have observed an increase in the relevance of online gaming platforms in criminal cases.
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