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ERA: Encrypted Data and the Privilege against Self-Incrimination


28 Apr 2018 to 29 Apr 2018


  Rome  --



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Event Description

Mapping the Problem and Sharing Best Practices



The use of encryption serves the legitimate need for privacy and security as well as the needs of business and governments for a safe and secure cyberspace. In practice, anyone can use encryption in order to secure and protect their personal data and communications. Encryption technologies are also exploited by criminals, however, in order to hide their data and potential evidence, protect their communications and conceal their financial transactions.

The aim of this event is to analyse the obstacles that encryption poses to effective cybercrime investigations and to consider the effects of dealing or failing to deal with the problems.

Key topics

  • Encrypted data: technical and legal issues
  • Demonstrations: how encryption works
  • Mutual Legal Assistance in the digital age
  • Encryption: case law from the European Court of Human Rights
  • Jurisdictional issues
  • EU legislation in progress

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Language: English

Organiser: ERA (Laviero Buono)

Event number: 318D35



Laviero Buono, Head of Section, European Criminal Law, ERA, Trier

Els de Busser, Assistant Professor Cyber Security Governance, Institute of Security and Global Affairs, Leiden University

Vania Cirese, Lawyer, Studio Legale Cirese, Rome

Rainer Franosch, Senior Public Prosecutor, Head of Cybercrime Division, Ministry of Justice of the German Federal State of Hesse, Wiesbaden

Alisdair Gillespie, Professor, Criminal Law, Lancaster University

Damir Kahvedžić, Technical Team Lead, Digital Forensics and eDiscovery, BSI, Dublin

Stephen Mason, Barrister and Associate Research Fellow, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London

Joachim Meese, Professor, Criminal Law and Procedure, University of Antwerp; Managing Partner, Van Steenbrugge & Partners, Ghent

Riccardo Nodari, Lawyer, Studio Legale Cirese, Rome

Goran Oparnica, Director, INsig2, Zagreb

Bahri Ozturk, Professor, Istanbul Kultur University, Istanbul

Vincenzo Scotti, Professor, President of the Link Campus University’s Postgraduate Education Courses, Rome

Eugenio Selvaggi, President, Eurgit, Rome

Giorgio Spangher, Professor, Unitelma Sapienza University, Rome

René Steiner, Policy Officer, Cybercrime Unit, DG for Migration and Home Affairs, Brussels



Green European Foundation
Events Intern
European Environmental Bureau
(Senior) Accounting Officer
Airlines for Europe (A4E)
Communications Officer
Scotland Europa
Administrative Assistant
Scotland House Brussels
EU Policy and Events Internship
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
Intern (m/f/d) for Digitization for Development Hub (D4D) at European level
acatech Deutsche Akademie der Technikwissenschaften e.V.
Assistenz der Leitung (Standort Brüssel) - Kennziffer 29/2023