Article title Information Security of the European Union Countries: Challenges and Prospects of Legal Regulation
Name of magazine Legal journal «Law of Ukraine» (Ukrainian version)
Issue 8/2018
Сторінки [195-203]
DOI 10.33498/louu-2018-08-195

The article analyzes current international legal instruments designated for ensuring information security of countries of the European Union (hereinafter – EU). The author examines the internal European legislation providing for legal regulation of the mentioned problematics. The article also characterizes legal mechanisms regulating international relations in the information security domain. It is emphasized that in the European space there is a real danger that information and communication technologies may be used for terrorist purposes, in particular, for terrorist attacks. It is also noted that there is a high probability that a powerful and efficient service of Internet propaganda and Internet recruitment may be established given the absence of cyber aggression combating measures and mechanisms which would be harmonized and common for the whole Europe. The author points out that today some countries (especially the Russian Federation) tend to dominate in the world information space, thus hindering the efficient cooperation of Ukraine with civilized European States, and also posing threats to the constitutional rights and freedoms of human and citizen, the information support of the State policy, the development of the national information industry, and the security of information media and systems. The article highlights the need to “re-focus” the law-making activities towards developing a conceptual mechanism and defining the main types of threats and the goal, objectives and priorities of international information security assurance by adoption of special laws, and not only by international agreements and draft international conventions. The author stresses that the development and implementation of international and national programs aimed at creating information networks and information technologies based on an ongoing introduction of computer and communication equipment and telecommunications systems is a key task of Ukraine’s entry into the international information community. The purpose of this study is to identify the challenges and prospects of information security legal regulation in the EU countries and on this basis to develop scientifically substantiated proposals to the information legislation of Ukraine.


Keywords legal regulation, legislative framework, information security, Internet propaganda and Internet recruitment, threats to information security, information and communication technologies

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