United States Ambassador to the European Union: “Everything we have accomplished is because of our shared vision and hard work”

It has been an honor to serve as U.S. Ambassador to the European Union over the past three years.

I believe in the European Union and in the power of the U.S.-EU relationship to do good in the world. I am reminded each day that we are essential partners in a turbulent world.

As I come to the end of my term, I would like to take a moment to reflect on what we have accomplished. It’s a long list and I’m proud of what we have achieved together.

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USEU Engages on Privacy and Intelligence Reform at the 2016 Computers, Privacy and Data Protection Conference

By Matteo Quattrocchi,Programs and Exchange Assistant at the U.S. Mission to the EU A colleague here at United States Mission to the European Union (USEU) once described the annual Computers, Privacy, and Data Protection conference, (CPDP) as “the funkiest conference in Brussels.” While I first laughed at that description, after my first CPDP experience this year I’ve come to agree. In a sea of “Brussels Bubble” … Continue reading USEU Engages on Privacy and Intelligence Reform at the 2016 Computers, Privacy and Data Protection Conference

The International Police Effort to Rescue a Young Girl Named “Demetria”

By Erik Barnett

The sexually abusive images produced horror among even veteran law enforcement officers. A girl, about age 3, stood on a bed wearing only red, fairy-like wings on her shoulders, as if participating in a dress-up game with a very sick twist. These images, discovered during the search of a pedophile’s computer by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations (ICE HSI) after an arrest in Boston, set off an international effort to save a little girl whose whereabouts were completely unknown.

Finding victims such as these is a tremendous challenge.
Finding victims such as these is a tremendous challenge. Photo: ICE HSI

Finding victims such as these is a tremendous challenge. Child sexual abuse images are transmitted thousands of miles instantly across national borders, while police often remain isolated within legal jurisdictions, unable to make arrests or easily further investigations outside of their own geographic boundaries. But not this time. Continue reading “The International Police Effort to Rescue a Young Girl Named “Demetria””

Inside the U.S.-EU Cyber Dialogue

By Brian Hardesty
(French version below)

As a Political Officer at USEU, I participated in the inaugural U.S.-EU Cyber Dialogue, which was held here in Brussels on December 5. The discussions’ candor and collegiality made clear just how much our values and interests converge across a range of important cyber issues, even if some of the specifics sound rather technical! The many areas we are in agreement may not make for the most scintillating headlines, but they will go a long ways toward ensuring the Internet remains open, interoperable, secure, and reliable. To put that in more human terms, as we approach the holidays that means making sure the Internet is there when we need it—now and in the future—to help us purchase tickets home, video chat with far flung family members, and find just the right gifts. More broadly, it’s helping to ensure people around the world can learn, express themselves, and grow small businesses.

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EEAS and State Department officials at the first U.S. – EU Cyber Dialogue in Brussels on 5 December. Photo: USEU.

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Holiday Cyber-Shopping: Deals That Are Too Good To Be True

By Erik Barnett

Throughout the holiday shopping season, consumers hunt for good bargains. Unfortunately, transnational criminal organizations are happy to offer opportunities through the sale of counterfeit goods, often sold through genuine-looking websites.

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U.S. law enforcement teamed up with Europol and 18 countries to target the sale of counterfeit goods over the internet. Photo: Europol

Organized crime groups have long been involved in the sale of counterfeit goods, which is very often tied to other criminal activity such as human trafficking, health and safety violations, and tax evasion. Over the last several years, counterfeit luxury goods, apparel, DVDs, and other fake items are increasingly sold through websites that mimic the sites of the manufacturers.

But law enforcement is fighting back to protect consumers while combatting transnational organized crime.  Continue reading “Holiday Cyber-Shopping: Deals That Are Too Good To Be True”