European Data Protection Supervisor Peter Hustinx believes Europol “should only collect personal information for specific investigations,” EUObserver reports. “A strong framework of data protection is important not only for those under suspicion or involved in an investigation but also contributes to the success of police and judicial cooperation,” Hustinx said, noting data should only be used in accordance with the purpose for which it was collected. The European Commission has introduced proposals to increase Europol's powers, but Hustinx cautions “increased flexibility to cross-check information should be balanced, for example, by specifying the purpose and in general by keeping a high level of data protection.”
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