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Working With Law Enforcement Agencies

International law enforcement has an interest in how IP address distribution and registration operate.

In working pro-actively with various law enforcement agencies (LEAs) and groups, the RIPE NCC aims to create better understanding how the Internet registry system works, and what law enforcement can achieve using the public resource registration data managed by the RIPE NCC.

RIPE NCC work in this area includes:

  • Cooperating with law enforcement stakeholders to establish the RIPE Cybercrime Working Party in 2010, a forum designed to enhance cooperation between LEAs and the technical community in the RIPE NCC service region. (See the presentation [PDF] made at RIPE 60 by Wout de Natris)
  • Organising RIPE NCC Roundtable Meetings for LEAs.
  • Participating in events organised through forums such as the Council of Europe and the Internet Governance Forum.

Information for Law Enforcement

The following links are intended to provide easy access to the kinds of information often sought by LEAs.

  • RIPE NCC governance documents: These documents detail how the RIPE NCC handles specific situations that might arise with LIRs (RIPE NCC members).
  • RIPE Policy Development Process: Information on how the RIPE Policy Development Process works, and how new policies (or changes to existing policies) can be proposed.
  • RIPE Anti-Abuse Working Group: This RIPE Working Group discusses a wide range of network abuse issues, including spam, hacking and fraud. Policy proposals related to these issues may be proposed and discussed in this working group.
  • RIPE Abuse Contact Management Task Force: A group tasked with examining policy proposals around the issue of managing the abuse contact field in the RIPE Database.

LEA-Related News

91st Executive Board Meeting - Summary and Minutes

The RIPE NCC Executive Board held its 91st meeting on 12 December 2013.

90th Executive Board Meeting - Summary and Minutes

The RIPE NCC Executive Board held its 90th meeting on 27 August 2013.

89th Executive Board Meeting - Summary and Minutes

The RIPE NCC Executive Board had its 89th meeting on 25 June 2013.

RIPE NCC Report: Law Enforcement Agency Requests in 2012

In 2012, the RIPE NCC received 21 requests from Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) in nine countries. A recently published transparency report details the nature of these requests and the actions that were taken as a result. This report will be published annually from now on.

Meeting Brings Together RIRs and Law Enforcement Agencies

The UK Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) and the RIPE NCC, together with the other Regional Internet Registries (RIRs), organised a dedicated meeting for Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) for the third time on 13 March.

The RIPE NCC's Case Against the State of the Netherlands Dismissed
Update: Summons of the RIPE NCC Against the State of the Netherlands

The State submitted a statement of defence on 20 June 2012, where it defended the right of the police and the prosecutor to issue orders based on Article 2 of the Police Act at their discretion and it doubted the jurisdiction of the civil court to judge them in this case.

Summons of the RIPE NCC Against the State of the Netherlands

Below is a brief summary of the summons the RIPE NCC filed against the state of the Netherlands. This summary was created to provide members and other interested parties with an overview of the summons. The full summons is available only in Dutch and is available as a PDF.

RIPE NCC Hosts Law Enforcement Meeting
RIPE NCC Roundtable Meeting in Brussels