The European Parliament gave the final green light to grant new powers to Europol.
On Wednesday, MEPs endorsed a deal reached in February by the Parliament and Council negotiators on strengthening the mandate of Europol, the EU’s police agency, which supports police investigations carried out by member states.
Under the new rules, Europol will be able to pursue research and innovation projects, process large datasets, and help national authorities screen foreign direct investment in security-related cases.
In regards to terrorist content or child sexual abuse material, Europol will be able to receive data from private companies, for example, communication services.
In order to balance out the agency’s newfound powers with appropriate supervision, the co-legislators agreed that the agency will create a new post for a Fundamental Rights Officer.
A European Data Protection Supervisor will oversee Europol’s personal data processing operations, and will work together with the agency’s Data Protection Officer.
Citizens will also be able to consult personal data related to them by contacting authorities in member states or by contacting Europol directly.
Before the legislation comes into force, it needs to be adopted by the Council of the European Union and then published in the EU’s official journal.
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