Mutual Legal Assistance: Understanding the Challenges for Law Enforcement in Global Cybercrime Cases

January 31, 2018

By Adam Palmer

Because of the global connectivity of the internet, cybercrime has a transnational dimension that poses numerous challenges for law enforcement agencies.  Some of these challenges, such as issues of sovereignty, international cooperation/mutual legal assistance, and evidence collection, are common to many types of transnational crime.  However, some of the challenges of investigating transnational cybercrime are unique. As widespread use of the Internet increases, more potential victims are available to cybercriminals. The availability of devices that connect to the Internet is growing rapidly, and activity is no longer confined to traditional desktop computers.  When a data transfers occurs it may also involve several countries, and because criminals do not need to be present at the scene of the crime, many cybercrimes are perpetrated across international borders.

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