EDPS orders Europol to delete data about individuals with no criminal link

10/01/2022 | EDPS

Following the conclusion of an inquiry initially launched in 2019, the European Data Protection Supervisor has ordered Europol to delete personal data about individuals who are not linked to a criminal activity. Moving forward, the EDPS is imposing a six-month retention period in order for Europol to filter and extract personal data. Older data relating to an individual with no established link to criminal activity must then be deleted. Europol has 12 months to comply with the EDPS’s decision for data already in its possession. 

Along with the press release, the EDPS has published an FAQ document and its full decision

Additional commentary in The Guardian.

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