EU: Increasing the exchange of data between Europol and private parties: full study

The European Commission has now published a study undertaken on its behalf by Milieu Consulting. It concerns the direct exchange of personal data between Europol and private parties, in particular online service providers.

See: Study on the practice of direct exchanges of personal data between Europol and private parties (September 2020, pdf)

There are currently relatively strict limits on how Europol may receive data from or transfer data to "private parties (e.g. internet service providers, telecommunications firms or other private companies). Changing this situation to provide the agency with access to more data for its analysis operations is a key aim of the European Commission, the Council of the EU and Europol itself.

See: EU: Study demands new ways for Europol to access personal data from private parties (29 October 2020), which includes a leaked copy of the study's executive summary.

And: EU: Council's plans for Europol: mass processing of personal data, simplified cooperation with non-EU states, artifical intelligence (24 November 2020)


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