Europol is empowered to exchange information with companies




The European parliament on Wednesday adopted the new Europol Regulation, which thus will be effective from May 1, 2017. The law expands the powers of the European investigation service, inter alia in the field of information exchange with businesses.

europol Thus, Europol may under the new rules, in certain cases such as Facebook approach to leave a message remove seen as terrorist propaganda, as the European parliament said in a press release. This power came in November already raised when a draft of the regulation was made ​​available online. They also asked about the possibility, for example, to provide an IP address to Facebook to find out which accounts are connected thereto. It is unclear whether this power has reached the final text.

The new rules also contain an obligation for Member States to comply with requests for information from Europol. To put this obligation by force, it is intended that the organization reports annually on the cooperation of the Member States. To oversee pay attention to privacy is exerted by the European parliament and by a body composed of members of national parliaments and their European counterpart.

There will also be a complaints procedure for European citizens. The regulation will also make it easier for Europol to set up specialized units capable of responding to terrorist threats quickly.


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