Switzerland: Europol accord sparks data protection fears


Heinrich Busch, a political scientist and expert on policing issues, says: “I have no doubt about it: where data protection is concerned, Europol is a real danger,” he told swissinfo. “Europol’s record-keeping capacity is impressive, but in my opinion it openly contradicts the principle of people’s fundamental right to privacy” On paper, for instance, Europol guarantees a right of consultation, but in reality this is an impossibility. "A person wanting to consult his or her personal file must first approach the police in their country of origin, which in turn has to ask all the other Europol police forces for authorisation to access the information they hold."

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