03 June 2013

Following the Commission proposal for a new legal framework for the EU Agency for Law Enforcement and Training (Europol), the EDPS has stated that robust data protection considerations can strengthen the credibility of investigations into serious crimes in the EU.

Given the increasingly crossborder nature of this work, the EDPS says it is imperative that clearly defined criteria are outlined for transfers of information to third countries and international organisations.

The proposed idea to cross-reference information stored in different databases to check if individuals or groups are suspected of more than one type of crime could be a cause for concern if data protection safeguards are not put in place.

The EDPS is to supervise Europol's compliance with data protection rules. The EDPS welcomes the emphasis placed on a robust supervision of Europol, that an EU Agency should be supervised by an established and independent European supervisory body.

At the same time, it is essential that the supervision of Europol is carried out in close cooperation with national data protection authorities as is the case for the supervision of EU large-scale IT databases such EURODAC, CIS and others.

The full press release can be found here.