04 November 2022
We have published a trove of documents obtained by the journalists Luděk Stavinoha, Apostolis Fotiadis and Giacomo Zandonini for an investigation into Frontex's controversial plan to expand its use of personal data to combat terrorism and "cross-border crime".
In July this year, those journalists revealed that:
"Frontex and the European Commission sidelined their own data protection watchdogs in pursuing a much-criticised expansion of “intrusive” data collection from migrants and refugees to feed into Europol’s vast criminal databases."
The documents published today were used in that investigation, and make it crystal clear how the management of the EU's most powerful agency sought to ignore the advice of its Data Protection Officer (DPO), echoing previous attempts to sideline the agency's Fundamental Rights Officer (FRO) in the scandal over pushbacks at the Greek-Turkish border and operations at the Hungarian-Serbian border.
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