New Europol rules massively expand police powers and reduce rights protections

Thursday, 10 November 2022 — Statewatch

The new rules governing Europol, which came into force at the end of June, massively expand the tasks and powers of the EU’s policing agency whilst reducing external scrutiny of its data processing operations and rights protections for individuals, says a report published today by Statewatch.

Given Europol’s role as a ‘hub’ for information processing and exchange between EU member states and other entities, the new rules thus increase the powers of all police forces and other agencies that cooperate with Europol, argues the report, Empowering the police, removing protections.

New tasks granted to Europol include supporting the EU’s network of police “special intervention units” and managing a cooperation platform for coordinating joint police operations, known as EMPACT. However, it is the rules governing the processing and exchange of data that have seen the most significant changes.

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2 thoughts on “New Europol rules massively expand police powers and reduce rights protections

  1. WillD says:

    This is yet more evidence of the EU subverting the sovereignty of individual member states.

    When is it going to demand that local member state police and intelligence agencies be put under its control as well? And then their militaries……


  2. anaisanesse says:

    I did not even know such an agency existed, and I am already furious that President Ursula von der Leyen is allowed to decide that we all hate Russia, cannot get online information from any Russian source, send money to help a corrupt “nation” because it refuses to make peaceful agreements with Russia next door, and Mme President is not even elected!!!!! I live in France and do NOT feel protected by this agency or new rules!!


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