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Law enforcement information exchange guidelines
25.2.18
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The Council of the European Union has produced a proposal for a: Practical Advisor for Law Enforcement Information Exchange (LIMITE doc no 6243, pdf) covering Interpol, Europol, SIRENE and the Liaison Officers' network.

It should be read together with: Manual on Law Enforcement Information Exchange (EU doc no: 6261-18, 283 pages, pdf). This is not a LIMITE document but it should have been see: COR 1 (pdf).

The "handling of information" includes handling codes":

"H0: This information may only be used for the purpose of preventing and combating crimes in line with the ER and any other applicable law.

H1: Not to be disclosed in judicial proceedings without the permission of the provider.

H2
: Not to be disseminated without the permission of the provider.

H3: Other restrictions and comments¨

And it cites Article 29 of the Europol Regulation:

"Choose from drop up list

1.The reliability of the source of information originating from a Member
State shall be assessed as far as possible by the providing Member State using the
following source evaluation codes:

(A): where there is no doubt as to the authenticity, trustworthiness and competence of the source, or if the information is provided by a source which has proved to be reliable in all
instances;

(B): where the information is provided by a source which has in most instances proved to be reliable;

(C): where the information is provided by a source which has in most instances proved to be unreliable;

(X): where the reliability of the source cannot be assessed.

2.The accuracy of information originating from a Member State shall be assessed as far as possible by the providing Member State using the following information evaluation codes:

(1): information the accuracy of which is not in doubt;

(2): information known personally to the source but not known personally to the official passing it on;

(3): information not known personally to the source but corroborated by other information already recorded;

(4): information not known personally to the source and which cannot be corroborated."

This mirrors the handling codes used by the Metropolitan Police for decades.

SIENA network (Secure Information Exchange Network Application)

The document also includes a list of the Europol Siena network (pdf) composed of 26 Member States, 34 third party operational partners, 47 Counter Terrorist Units, Eurojust and strategic partners.

"third party operational" includes:

"19. US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF)
20. US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
21. US Diplomatic Security Service (DSS)
22. US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
23. US Food and Drug Administration (FDA-OCI)
24. US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
25. US Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
26. US Secret Service (USSS)
27. EUNAVFOR MED
28. US National Central Bureau
29. US New York Police Department
30. US Postal Inspection Service (USPIS)
31. US Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
32. US Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
33. Washington Terrorist Finance Tracking Program."

See also: EU: The European Counter-Terrorism Centre: proposed powers and information systems (Statewtch News)

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