Review of Laws governing interoperability and data exchange between police/security services

Objectives

To map out

  • Characteristics of laws governing interoperability and data exchange and identify lacunae/new safeguards as well as best practices.
  • Important rules which are only embedded in the information systems executing data exchange.

Description of work

Task 7.1 Interoperability and data exchange between police services

The interoperability of smart surveillance technologies and the transferability of data between police and security services (with special focus on interoperability and data exchanges between police and security services in different EU member states) will be analysed. In particular, it will be examined:

  • What (if any) technical and legal constraints exist for police and security services which may affect the interoperability and transferability of data from/to smart surveillance technology platforms utilised by such forces;
  • Whether data transfers may result in a loss or abuse of personal or other information or basic functionalities.
  • Whether there exist important rules which are only embedded in the information systems executing data exchange.

This task will be carried out through in-house expertise, desktop research and interviews with representatives of major police forces and security services.

Task 7.2 Impact assessment

Based on the results from Task 6.2, the impact on privacy and data protection rights of the interoperability and data sharing policies and practices commonly applied by police and security services will be analysed. In particular:

  • It will be assessed whether the policies and practices identified comply with the legal requirements identified in Task 7.1.
  • examples of best/good practice will be identified from the practices collected and documented in Task 7.2.
  • lacunae which need to be addressed and proposals for safeguards (legal and procedural)