I&J contributed

Published on
September 22, 2023

The SIRIUS Annual Conference 2023 provided participants with the opportunity to discuss the latest developments, challenges & the future of digital evidence. The Conference took place on November 21-23, 2023 in a hybrid format at the Hague, the Netherlands.

Bertrand de La Chapelle, Executive Director of the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network, and Chief Vision Officer of the Datasphere Initiative, was invited to moderate and present at two panels on November 21, 2023 on novel legal instruments for obtaining electronic evidence across borders.

In the first panel on “novel legal instruments for obtaining electronic evidence across borders and/or redefining sovereignty in light of emerging extraterritorial powers”, Mr de La Chapelle spoke about the new e-evidence regulation together with DG JUST and HOME, while the Council of Europe addressed the Second Additional Protocol and DG CONNECT the disclosure orders harmonized under the Digital Services Act

In the second panel on the “practitioners' perspective on novel legal instruments for Obtaining Electronic Evidence across borders”, Mr de La Chapelle presented the I&JPN’s recently published e-evidence regulation visualization. The panel stimulated the discussions between DG JUST, HOME, CONNECT and the Council of Europe on novelties, and convergences and divergences between different legal frameworks.  

About the EU e-evidence regulation visualization

The Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network released a graphical visualization of the European Union's e-evidence regulation to help actors understand its modular architecture and key operational workflows.

The EU e-evidence regulation puts in place rules that allow law enforcement and public authorities from one country to obtain stored electronic evidence from service providers located in another state. The regulation is also complemented by a directive requiring all service providers that offer services within the EU but are based outside of the Union to designate a legal representative within an EU member state.


About the SIRIUS Project

More than half of all criminal investigations today include a cross-border request to access electronic evidence (such as data from messaging or email services, or social media). 

The SIRIUS project helps investigators cope with both the complexity and volume of information in a rapidly changing online environment. The project provides products such as standardized guidelines on cooperation processes between competent authorities and specific service providers (SPs). It also provides investigative tools and contact details for SPs.

  • Contact the I&JPN if you are interested in a presentation on the visualization and I&JPN analysis.

  • Read the highlights of the e-evidence regulation here.