At the request of Direzione Nazionale Antimafia in Rome, Ms Carmen Manfredda, acting National Member for Italy at Eurojust, was approached by the Italian judicial authorities with the request to introduce a case to Eurojust.
When requested, Eurojust could play an important role in overcoming the technical and legal obstacles to the interception of internet telephony systems, taking into account the various data protection rules and civil rights.
In September 2006, a first strategic meeting on internet telephony took place at Eurojust, in the context of another case introduced by Italy. The participants were informed of the technical and legal issues of the subject. Representatives from the company Skype S.A. were invited and present at this meeting. There was a positive message from the Skype representatives during the meeting, showing their commitment to cooperate with the law enforcement authorities in the fight against serious, cross-border organised crime. The participants took into consideration that new VoIP technologies could offer a possible communication channel to criminals and criminal networks.
Following a meeting with the judicial authorities in Milan, Italy, Ms Manfredda commented: “The possibility of intercepting internet telephony will be an essential tool in the fight against international organised crime within Europe and beyond. Our aim is not to stop users from taking advantage of internet telephony, but to prevent criminals from using VoIP systems to plan and organise their unlawful actions.”