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EU Hands Police Agency New Powers Over Personal Data

The European Parliament on Wednesday voted to hand the EU’s police agency new powers to gather and use data, provoking an angry response from privacy activists.

The European Parliament on Wednesday voted to hand the EU’s police agency new powers to gather and use data, provoking an angry response from privacy activists.

The chamber overwhelmingly approved a proposal that allows Europol to work more closely with non-EU governments and share personal information with private companies.

The European Union said the new regime was needed to help coordinate the fight against terrorism, child sex abuse and other serious crimes.

But activists warned that oversight was too weak and the reforms would turn the police agency into a “data black hole”.

[ Read: Europe’s Hypocrisy Over Personal Data Privacy Exposed ]

“Europol will be allowed to collect and share data left, right, and centre without much restriction or control,” said Chloe Berthelemy of the NGO European Digital Rights.

The group, along with a coalition of other NGOs, said the reforms created serious risks of violations of the right to a fair trial, privacy and data protection, non-discrimination and freedom of expression.

The European Commission had argued the new powers were needed because terrorists often used private companies to recruit, and insisted the reforms would respect fundamental rights.

A European Parliament statement stressed that people would be able “to consult personal data related to them” and oversight would come from a new post of Fundamental Rights Officer and the European Data Protection Supervisor.

The regulation was “a substantial leap forward in the capabilities of the agency”, said rapporteur Javier Zarzalejos following the vote, which was carried with 480 MEPs in favour and 143 against.

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