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POLITICO politico.eu 12 Jan, 2022 04:30 am

Europe’s surveillance crisis – POLITICO

Europe’s surveillance crisis – POLITICO
Law enforcement and security agencies are bristling at orders to limit their data collection practices.

Reacting to the order from the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), Europol said it typically needs to hold data longer than six months in order to effectively fight against ills like terrorism and child abuse.Indeed, while the 27-member bloc is proud of its world-leading record on privacy, touting its General Data Protection Regulation as the global gold standard, there is a growing push to give law enforcement and security agencies greater access to citizens’ data.As Chloé Berthélémy of the European Digital Rights NGO puts it: "The EDPS has taken a critical step today to finally end Europol's unlawful processing of data … Unfortunately, the reform of Europol to be adopted soon … will reverse all these efforts as it is set to legalize the very same practices that undermine data protection and fair trial rights." This article is part of Pro’s premium coverage of Cybersecurity and Data Protection.

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by Amazon Polly Law enforcement and privacy make terrible bedfellows, Europe is learning.The EU’s Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson amplified that note of alarm this week in an interview with POLITICO, warning that scores of criminal probes would be jeopardized if the privacy regulator has its way and law enforcement agencies have to start dumping data they’ve collected.

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