European Data Protection Digest

Hustinx: Cybercrime Definition Needed

ONLINE PRIVACY—EU

June 20, 2013

European Data Protection Supervisor Peter Hustinx believes the European Commission should better define cybercrime “to prevent personal data from being processed in cases where it cannot be legally justified,” Out-Law.com reports. The commission’s proposed cybersecurity strategy states the term “commonly refers to a broad range of different criminal activities where computers and information systems are involved either as a primary tool or as a primary target.” Hustinx said, “A clear definition of the terms 'cyber-resilience', 'cybercrime' and 'cyberdefence' is particularly important since these terms are used as a justification for certain special measures which could cause interference with fundamental rights, including the rights to privacy and data protection.” Meanwhile, reports highlight the potential for cyber insurance to become a lucrative field.
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