The European Parliament has voted to broaden the powers of Europol, enabling the law enforcement agency to collect and process data on individuals, including people not suspected of a crime. Under the expanded powers proposed earlier this year, Europol can collect personal data from technology companies, along with data from countries outside the European Union. However, civil rights advocates have heavily criticised the move, including EDRi Policy Advisor Chloé Berthélémy, who said, “Europol will be allowed to collect and share data left, right and centre, without much restriction or control.”
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