Full compliance with data protection principles forms the basis for the trust of Member States which provide intelligence to Europol. Also, citizens expect the organisation to tackle contemporary challenges to Europe’s safety in a way which fully respects fundamental rights including the right of protection of personal data.
Europol has a comprehensive, robust and tested regime in place which is widely recognised as safeguarding and ensuring the highest standards of data protection in the law enforcement world. It aims at ensuring the protection of privacy of the persons whose data are processed in Europol’s systems. At the same time it serves the needs of operational units in preventing and combating organised crime, terrorism and other forms of serious crime affecting two or more Member States.