More than half of all criminal investigations today include a cross-border request to access electronic evidence, such as texts, emails or messaging apps. In a rapidly changing online environment, investigators and prosecutors need support to cope with the complexity and volume of information and to develop their knowledge when obtaining electronic data from online service providers (OSPs).
The SIRIUS project, co-implemented by Eurojust and Europol, is a central reference point in the EU for knowledge sharing on cross-border access to electronic evidence. It offers a variety of services, such as guidelines, trainings and tools, to help with accessing data held by online service providers. These services are available to law enforcement and judicial authorities via a platform and an application. To this day, SIRIUS serves a community of competent authorities from 44 countries, representing all EU Member States and a growing number of third countries.
The SIRIUS project has received funding from the European Commission's Service for Foreign Policy (FPI) under contribution agreement No PI/2020/417-500 .