The Commission of crimes on the Internet and in particular on social networks is an issue that every day gives more than talk. Users are becoming aware that on the Internet not everything is worth, and that what are crimes in real life, also are in virtual life. The fact that there are responsibilities by committing crimes in social networks (such as threats, insults, the revelation of secrets or the usurpation of identity) not always, however, supposes the possibility of effective protection by the European authorities. Indeed, not all social networks provide the same security against crimes in the field of the same. This is due to the laws applicable to a social network are those of the place in which the headquarters of their society, is filed while you operate in multiple countries.
As well, the fact that networks like Facebook and Twitter are located in California (United States) causes legislation that applies to them is different and, in any case, less protective with respect to violations of rights fundamental to occur in them, which often attack the honor, privacy and self-image of the people. This means that in practice these networks collaboration with police is less than with the Spanish social network Tuenti, as has been declared responsible for social networks of the national police, Carlos Fernandez Guerra. To address this problem, the European Union is working on a new European framework for data protection, allowing to apply European standards to all company providing its services to European citizens, regardless of where they are located. In addition, will probably set the obligation for companies to notify the authorities as soon as possible any serious violation with regard to data protection that has been able to produce in them. Given that United States-based social networks seem little willing to voluntarily cooperate with the authorities in the prosecution of crimes committed in them, perhaps legally compel them to do so may be a good solution. In this way would not only avoid the unpunished Commission of these offences, but that it would also tend to match the rules of the game between the American and European social networks, giving rise to greater competition among them. In any case, we should know that, to this day, there in the European Union the legal possibility investigate with the same media crimes committed on social networks like Facebook or Twitter that in European social networks as Tuenti. The offences are the same, the different protections. There will be those who think that hinder social networks is trying to put gates to the field. However, as stated at the beginning of these lines, the social demand in this aspect is growing, insofar as many of the freedoms that the social networks have go to the detriment of fundamental rights of users, that should not be forgotten that they are, at the end, after all, people. Audea information Pedro Amoros Tenorio consultant right ICT services right ICT security