Constitutional Concerns Raised by the European Union Cybercrime Initiatives

European Union (EU) cybercrime initiatives, and in particular the measures taken following the Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime, are aimed at harmonizing substantial and procedural criminal laws in order to facilitate investigation and prosecution of cybercrimes. Thus, these measures are in the member states’ best interests. However, these measures also raise a certain number of civil liberties concerns, in particular in the area of privacy rights.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What is Exactly the Nature of the Concerns in terms of Privacy Rights?
What Privacy Rights Issues are raised by the Convention regarding Interception of Traffic Data?
What Privacy Rights Issues are raised by the Convention regarding Data Retention?
How have these Concerns been addressed?
Are there Other Privacy Concerns raised by the Convention?

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