More than 200 crime prevention experts from around the world gathered in Brussels on 28-29. of April for the European Crime Prevention Conference (ECPC2022). The conference is organized every 2 years by the European Crime Prevention Network (EUCPN). The purpose of this organization is to increase and improve cooperation, coordination and exchange of information in the field of crime prevention. This conference also contributed to this goal.
Our representative was also present at the conference. Participants were able to attend a series of lectures led by European leaders in crime prevention such as Jaap De Waard or Paul Ekblom. In addition to joint lectures, we attended workshops on Myths in Crime Prevention, How to Manage Crime Prevention Projects and What Really Prevents Home Burglary.
At the conference, we met with many representatives of crime prevention authorities, for example from Poland, Ukraine, Spain, the Netherlands or Belgium, and of course a representative of the Crime Prevention Department of the Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic. There have been a number of interesting debates on various crime prevention topics, which have given us a lot of food for thought and ideas that we will certainly use in our work.
We believe that such events help to create a strong crime prevention system at both the national and international levels. At the same time, we hope that the next conferences will be at least as successful, rich in interesting topics and will be attended by more representatives of the private sector. Last but not least, we must also thank the organizers for the smooth running of the whole conference and we look forward to meeting again in 2 years.
The Crime Prevention Department of the Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic has created risk maps for 2021, which are created from data on crime, unemployment and paid income-dependent benefits. Středočeský Region and the Vysočina Region are the least risky, while the Ústecký and Moravskoslezský Regions are the most risky. If we focus on maps that evaluate only crime, the least risky are the Zlínský and Pardubický regions, while the most risky are the Ústecký region and the capital city of Prague.
On this occasion, we would also like to mention the tool – Crime Maps (In Czech), which offers highly detailed historical data on crime for all localities in the Czech Republic.
More information here (In Czech)
The Government of the Czech Republic on 6. April 2022 approved a new Crime Prevention Strategy in the Czech Republic for the years 2022-2027. The new strategy builds on the current system and responds to new threats in crime prevention. The biggest difference compared to the previous strategy is mainly the extension of the strategy’s objectives, which are currently divided into the following 7 objectives:
- Support and development of the crime prevention system in the Czech Republic
- Assistance and support to crime victims
- Working with criminals, recidivism prevention
- Comprehensive and coordinated approach to security in high-risk localities, the work of the Police of the Czech Republic in relation to minorities
- Situational crime prevention and new approaches
- Crime committed by and on children
- Cybercrime prevention
The previous strategy was adopted in 2016, since then the pandemic in particular has had a significant impact on the development of crime, which on the one hand has generally reduced the level of crime, but at the same time partially transferred it to cyberspace. However, lower levels of crime caused by pandemic measures are already returning to pre-pandemic numbers, and the new strategy anticipates this development. However, the strategy does not, of course, respond to the current conflict in Ukraine, which will undoubtedly have a negative impact on the level and system of crime prevention.
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Thanks to the large volume of data, the healthcare sector has the capacity to improve the diagnosis and modeling of clinical outcomes, to help evaluate early intervention strategies, etc. Technological progress in healthcare creates a growing demand for large medical databases that would offer solutions in areas such as disease diagnosis and phenotyping, modeling of clinical outcomes, prediction of early intervention strategies, precision medicine, etc. At the same time, the growing volume of digitized medical data processing increases the risks in terms of cyber security, data protection and the likelihood of data breaches.
The protection of health data must be considered a high priority given their sensitive nature and the impact they have on individuals (data subjects). From a cyber security perspective, the confidentiality, availability and integrity of medical data and related infrastructure is considered essential to provide timely, appropriate and uninterrupted medical care.
Due to the growing need to exchange and share information on the health of individuals between different stakeholders, it is essential that personal data processors collect and further process only the data necessary for their purposes and apply sound organizational and technical measures. to protect this personal data.
To this end, the ENISA report explains how techniques can be used to improve the level of protection of personal data through simple use cases.
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