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Cybercrime@Octopus is a Council of Europe project based on voluntary contributions aimed at assisting countries worldwide to implement the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime and strengthen data protection and rule of law safeguards


Council of Europe (CoE)


European Union (EU), Governments of Estonia, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Romania and Panama, the Department of Justice of the Philippines, the Organisation of American States (OAS), the United Nations African Institute for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders (UNAFRI), ECOWAS

Target country:

Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Jordan, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay and Peru, ECOWAS region

Target groups:

Law enforcement experts, representatives of civil society organisations, Internet Service Providers (including ISP associations), social media, cloud service providers, e-commerce platforms, members, observers, legislative, judicial and executive powers and private sector representatives

Thematic focus:

Cybercrime legislation, electronic evidence, child protection, data protection

Project objective:

To support implementation of the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime (CETS 185) and related instruments


  • To ensure the organisation of the annual Octopus conferences
  • To co-fund and support the functioning of the Cybercrime Convention Committee with its enlarged membership, functions and number of meetings
  • To provide advice and other assistance to countries which are prepared to implement the Budapest Convention and related instruments on data protection and the protection of children


  • Octopus conferences (1 per year)
  • Support the participation of T-CY members and observers in the meetings of the Committee
  • Assessments and other activities of the T-CY through research and analyses
  • Logistical support to T-CY meetings as well as funding for translation and interpretation
  • Support the participation of T-CY members in relevant fora
  • Support the organisation of up to 15 in-country or regional workshops
  • Contribution to events organised by other organisations
  • Legislative and other advice

Expected results:

  • Octopus conferences on cooperation against cybercrime held
  • Cybercrime Convention Committee (T-CY) supported
  • Countries assisted in the implementation of the Budapest Convention and related standards on data protection and the protection of children online


January 2014 – 31 December 2016

Contact details:

Alexander Seger, Cybercrime Division (for details please visit
CoE website)

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