Friday 24 January 2020
La Cave

Panel Description

In 2019, the EU passed two Regulations on the Interoperability of EU large-scale information systems. Their declared objectives are, inter alia, to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of border checks at the EU’s external borders and to combat illegal immigration by connecting all centralized databases in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (AFSJ). In addition, the Regulations seek to streamline law enforcement access to stored information in order to contribute to the prevention, detection and investigation of terrorist offences and of other serious crime and to facilitate the identification of unknown persons.The concerned databases include the Visa Information System (VIS), the Schengen Information System (SIS), Eurodac, relevant Europol and Interpol databases, as well as the future European Criminal Records Information System for Third Country Nationals (ECRIS-TCN), the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) and Entry/Exit System (EES).Critics have been continuously pointing out the data protection risks created by the envisaged interoperability. These stem, amongst others, from the complex interplay between the applicable data protection rules, the insuffiecient safeguards for data subjects, as well as from the doubts about the necessity and proportionality of the two Regulations.

  • What are the less obvious effects of the two Interoperability Regulations - for the existing AFSJ databases and beyond?
  • Are data protection principles such as purpose limitation still relevant, or should they be reconsidered in the context of migration and border control?
  • What do the two Interoperability Regulations tell us about the interplay between the GDPR, Directive 2016/680, the Europol Regulation and Regulation 2018/1725?
  • Will the two Interoperability Regulations make it more difficult for data subjects to exercise their rights? Why?

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