Interoperability of Police Databases Within the EU: An Accountable Political Choice?

Tilburg University Legal Studies Working Paper No. 003/2006

TILT Law & Technology Working Paper Series No. 001/2006

15 Pages Posted: 28 Mar 2007

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Paul De Hert

Free University of Brussels (VUB)- LSTS; Tilburg University - Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT)

Serge Gutwirth

Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)

Date Written: April 2006

Abstract

In this article the authors discuss the interoperability of police data bases in the EU with reference to the 24 November 2005 Communication from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament on improved effectiveness, enhanced interoperability and synergies among European databases in the area of Justice and Home Affairs. The authors identify different levels of interoperability. Straightforward interoperability within the EU is distinguished from four more controversial levels of interoperability, such as interoperability with atypical systems and interoperability with systems outside the EU. On the basis of this analysis the question of the desirability and suitability interoperability will be addressed, followed by a discussion of the necessary guarantees to be included. Contrary to what is often suggested, interoperability is a highly sensitive political issue. The attempt of the Commission's 2005 Communication, to make it look like a mere technical issue does not create the right context for a serious and in-depth discussion.

Keywords: data protection, data exchange, police and justice, fundamental rights, privacy, organised crime, European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS)

Suggested Citation

De Hert, Paul and Gutwirth, Serge, Interoperability of Police Databases Within the EU: An Accountable Political Choice? (April 2006). Tilburg University Legal Studies Working Paper No. 003/2006, TILT Law & Technology Working Paper Series No. 001/2006, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=971855 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.971855

Paul De Hert (Contact Author)

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Tilburg University - Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT) ( email )

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Serge Gutwirth

Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) ( email )

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Brussels, 1050
Belgium

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