New Information Exchange Directive under Criticism
20 July 2023
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Following the entry into force of Directive 2023/977 on the exchange of information between the law enforcement authorities of Member States (→ eucrim Spotlight of 12 July 2023), civil liberties organisation Statewatch voiced criticism over the new legislation. The NGO pointed out that “Europol's data warehouse will grow significantly”, because Europol is to receive a copy of all information exchanged when it concerns crimes in its area of responsibility (although Member States should carry out a case-by-case examination as to whether to share data with the agency). In addition, it is regretted that the Union legislator did not take up the request by the EDPS that the single contact points should delete personal data stored in the case management systems soon after the information exchange has taken place. Now, only a decision is to be taken on whether to delete the data or not after a delay of six months.

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Thomas Wahl

Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law (MPI CSL)

Public Law Department

Senior Researcher