nAlso the EU data protection officer police authority Europol It has committed to deleting large amounts of data, and the EU Commission is counting on a quick change of legal status to prevent this. EU Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson wrote on Twitter: “Law enforcement agencies need the tools, resources and time to analyze the data that is being sent to them legally.”
The EU Police Office supports national authorities and is “not only a world leader in the use of technology, but also in the protection of fundamental rights”. The Swedish said that the amendment it proposed last year to the Europol regulation, which is currently in the legislative process, strikes the right balance between protecting personal data and protecting citizens from serious crimes.
the first privacy advocates the I Wojciech Wiewiorowski on Monday ordered that Europol must delete all personal data that was not related to specific criminal offenses within one year. According to the applicable legal basis, the police authority may keep the data for a longer period only if it categorizes it, for example by “suspects”, “witnesses” and “informants”. If this does not happen or is not possible, then the records should be deleted.
However, no deadline has been set for that; Wiewiorowski started it in six months. The data is provided to Europol, which does not have investigative powers, by member states. These are large amounts of data obtained from infiltrating encrypted phone services such as Encrochat and providing information about organized crime.
In 2019, the Data Protection Officer’s office opened an investigation into how Europol handled personal data and repeatedly asked the police for changes. Europol criticized the decision to delete it. It will affect the agency’s ability to evaluate large and complex data sets. This often takes longer than six months, especially in notable cases in recent years.
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