Government of Tonga Ministry of Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Environment, Climate Change and Communications, Phone:28-170, Press Release Launching of the Global Action on Cybercrime Plus The ‘Global Action on Cybercrime Extended’ (GLACY+) project was officially launched in Bucharest, Romania during the Council of Europe’s Conference on Cybercrime, which was held from 26 – 28 November, 2016.
GLACY+ is an extension of a four-year Global Action on Cybercrime (GLACY) joint grant project of the European Union (EU) and the Council of Europe (CoE) which had started on 1 November 2013, with the aim to enable criminal justice authorities worldwide to engage in international cooperation on cybercrime and electronic evidence on the basis of the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime.
It has strongly emphasized critical areas in policies and strategies, strengthening capacities of both the criminal justice and law enforcement, and international cooperation and sharing of information including best practices, to fight against cybercrime.
In its work plan, strengthening the capacities of the criminal justice system include creation and harmonization of cybercrime and electronic evidence legislation and rule of law and human rights standards in priority countries, judicial training mainly judges and legal officers, institutional strengthening and improved procedures for international judicial cooperation related to cybercrime and electronic evidence.
An important area of the work plan cover assessment and cyber reviews of law enforcement capacities, strengthening of cybercrime and computer forensics units, establishing a more effective training strategies for law enforcement officers in basic cybercrime investigations and computer forensics as well as related rule of law requirements, and international police-to-police cooperation on cybercrime and electronic evidence.
GLACY+ has for the first time, introduced INTERPOL as its important partner in the global fight against cybercrime.
The project will run for another four years, commencing from 1 November 2016, and Tonga is one of the only nine priority-countries worldwide and sole representative of the Pacific at these GLACY projects.
“For Tonga to be part of GLACY+ again, is a significant step forward towards our effort to fight against the misuse and abuse of the Internet for criminal activities,” according to 2 the CEO for MEIDECC, Mr. Paula Pouvalu Ma’u who led the Tongan delegation to the Conference.
He added that, “Tonga will be establishing a 24/7 cybercrime point of contact as a key component of GLACY+ to coordinate national and international cooperation every single time.”
Tonga has benefitted from GLACY project during the last four years in terms of judicial training, strengthening the capacities of criminal justice and law enforcement, international cooperation, and creation and harmonization of cybercrime legislation, which include the new Communication Act passed last year.
“GLACY+ will take Tonga to the next level in addressing and taking action on these cybercrime issues, and the new cybercrime legislation will be introduced to Parliament next year,” said the CEO for MEIDECC.
He further emphasized that …..”this is all about PROTECTING YOU and your rights in cyberspace.”
Tonga at the same time is acceding to the Budapest Convention, which will be completed soon.
The Budapest Convention is the first international treaty on crimes committed via the Internet and other computer networks, dealing particularly with infringements of copyright, computer related fraud, child pornography and violations of network. It also contains a series of powers and procedures such as the search of computer networks and interception.
The Convention’s main objective is to pursue a common criminal policy aimed at the protection of society against cybercrime, especially by adopting appropriate legislation and fostering international cooperation.
Participated at the Conference from Tonga also include Police Superintendent – Ms Kalisi Tohifolau Nau, Systems Analyst of MEIDECC – Mr. Paula Palavilala Latapu, and Legal Officer of the Ministry of Justice – Ms Adi Talanaivini Mafi.
Issued by the: Ministry of Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Environment, Climate Change and Communications