On 11 May 2016, the EU Commission approved new powers for Europol – the EU’s law enforcement agency – to fight international crimes such as terrorism and cybercrime. The organisation will now be able to liaise with private entities directly in order to exchange information, and also imposes a strict duty on Member States to provide Europol with the data it needs. The regulation, which will take effect from 1 May 2017, comes with robust data protection safeguards. The European Data Protection Supervisor will monitor Europol and provide a clear avenue for complaints from citizens throughout the European territory.

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