EU creates group to manage security, justice IT systems

Summary:The European Union formed a council designed to oversee large-scale information technology systems that run throughout member countries.

The European Union on Friday formed a council designed to oversee large-scale information technology systems that run throughout member countries.

"With a decisive political agreement," the EU's 27 member states decided that a new IT agency would begin in the summer of 2012. The agency will operate out of Tallin, Estonia with development and management based in Strasbourg, France. A backup site will be built in Sankt Johann im Pongau, Austria.

The move came on the same day that the EU installed tougher prison sentences for cybercrime.

According to the EU, the IT systems that will be managed by the new IT oversight group include the Schenegen Information System, a national law enforcement database; the Visa Information System, which tracks cross border movement; and EURODAC, a fingerprint database for identifying asylum applicants and illegal immigrants.

This new agency will also oversee "any other IT systems which might be developed in the area of freedom, security and justice in the future." Integration of other systems will require a European Parliament vote.

Topics: Security, Government, Government : UK

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