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The creation of the Unsolicited Communications Enforcement Network (UCENet) from the London Action Plan (LAP)

As a results of consultation with LAP members in 2016, in order to better reflect the aims of the LAP network and the type of work that the LAP does, agreement was obtained to change the name of the network to the Unsolicited Communications Enforcement Network (UCENet) as of 09 September 2016. This date was chosen as it proceeded the annual LAP conference that in 2016 was held in Paris.  Whilst the LAP served members and the broader internet community well since its inception in 2004, the internet has changed, and the new name was chosen to reflect the network going forward.  For information about the LAP see History of the LAP

The UCENet is composed of:

  • UCENet Executive Committee, composed of the Co-chairs, plus a minimum of four members (for a total of five) from other authorities or agencies, with attention given to geographic diversity and representation, and responsible for providing strategic direction and oversight of UCENet activities.
  • The Secretariat provides administrative, technical and operational support to the UCENet Executive Committee, the UCENet working groups/committees. The Secretariat Support Group (SSG) will be comprised of at least 3 representatives among the membership.
  • Working groups contribute significantly to the cooperative program under UCENet.

UCENet operates on the basis of consensus.

UCENet members meet annually once face-to-face, generally in a conference setting.

Regular teleconference calls also take place to connect authorities to share experience and build expertise, as well as to discuss various UCENet activities, projects, and upcoming meetings.

UCENet Activities include:

  • Sharing information and intelligence to identify risks and opportunities for enforcement action and/or prevention.
  • Sharing of effective intelligence and investigative techniques and enforcement strategies.
  • Exploration of similarities and differences in procedural, substantive and evidentiary rules to address challenges to cooperation.
  • Facilitation of coordination of compliance sweeps involving multiple authorities.
  • Cooperation with other organizations or networks involved with related activities.
  • Sharing insights with countries implementing new regulatory regime programs.
  • Posting relevant content to the UCENet website, such as enforcement and compliance outcomes and initiatives.
  • Expanding membership
  • Communication and marketing

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