As internet connectivity deepens across the Pacific region, collaborative action to combat cybercrime has been a priority for PILON since 2016. While faster and better internet access continues to open up greater social and economic possibilities for the Pacific, it also enables cybercriminals to reach across the globe to commit new crimes, or old crimes in new ways. The borderless nature of cybercrime means it can occur anywhere, making international cooperation, investigative assistance, and common substantive and procedural legislative provisions of paramount importance.
Pacific leaders have acknowledged that cybersecurity is a rapidly growing threat to the region and, in the Boe Declaration on Regional Security, have called for an increasing emphasis on regional cooperation to address it. Cybercrime and cyber-enabled crime are key areas of strategic focus in the Boe Declaration Action Plan and PILON is contributing to regional efforts to address this issue thorough the promotion of accession by PILON Member countries to the Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime (‘Budapest Convention’). This Convention provides a framework for regional cooperation and collaboration on investigating and prosecuting cybercrime particularly those aspects that require a cooperative approach, such as information sharing and mutual legal assistance (providing evidence across international borders).
The PILON Cybercrime Working Group has focused its efforts on building the awareness of member countries of the urgent need to address cybercrime to protect Pacific communities and economies. PILON promotes the development and implementation of best practice legislation, evidence gathering powers and international cooperation mechanisms for police, prosecutors and law makers.
PILON works with regional and international partners, including the Council of Europe, the Pacific Islands Chiefs of Police’s Cyber Safety Pasifika Program and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Cyber Cooperation Program to deliver activities including regional workshops, training and development of practical resources.
- Linda Folaumoetu’i (Attorney General, Kingdom of Tonga)
- American Samoa
- Cook Islands
- New Zealand
- Papua New Guinea
- Solomon Islands
New activities will be announced soon.
PILON Webinar – Mutual Legal Assistance: Electronic Evidence and Cybercrime
2 December 2020, 3pm Samoan Time (WST)
The Pacific Islands Law Officers Network (PILON) Cybercrime Working Group hosted a live webinar about mutual legal assistance, electronic evidence and cybercrime. Recording of this webinar will be available soon.
PILON Week Webinar - The effects of COVID-19 on cybercrime in the Pacific
10 November 2020, 2pm Samoan Time (WST)
The Pacific Islands Law Officers Network (PILON) hosted a live webinar on the effects of COVID-19 on cybercrime in the Pacific. This event was delivered in partnership with the Council of Europe. To view recording of this webinar click here.
PILON Mutual Legal Assistance Handbook: Cybercrime & Electronic Evidence
The PILON Cybercrime Working Group has developed this resource to assist criminal justice practitioners in the Pacific to obtain material through mutual legal assistance (MLA) relating to criminal proceedings in one country at the request of another. MLA is a key form of international cooperation and is important for cybercrime investigations and prosecutions as the world, and crime, becomes increasingly borderless and transnational in nature.
We encourage you to explore the handbook as an online resource.
Printed hardcopies will also be available to PILON members in due course. Meanwhile you can download the PILON Mutual Legal Assistance Handbook here: MLA Handbook (PDF, 8.2 MB)
A number of templates are available for download and use by PILON member law enforcement agencies and central authorities to assist in the preparation and processing of mutual assistance requests. The templates are a guide only and consideration should be given to adapting to the particular needs and legislative requirements of your country.
Download (DOCX, 38.9 KB) Mutual Legal Assistance Questionnaire for Law Enforcement
Download (DOCX, 25.0 KB) Mutual Legal Assistance Request
Download (DOCX, 18.7 KB) Affidavit of business employee
Download (DOCX, 13.7 KB) Affidavit of a law enforcement officer or government official
Download (DOCX, 18.0 KB) Direct request to service provider for voluntary disclosure of data
Download (DOCX, 18.0 KB) Emergency request to service provider for data
Overview of cybercrime legislation in the Pacific
In collaboration with the Pacific Islands Chiefs of Police and the Australian Attorney-General’s Department, PILON conducted a high level overview of cybercrime legislation in the Pacific in 2016.
This document is available through the PILON Members’ Zone. If you are not a member but you are interested in learning more about this, please contact the PILON Secretariat.