INTERPOL implements new rules on processing of police information

July 9, 2012

INTERPOL on July 3, 2012 released the following:

“LYON, France – New rules governing the processing of data by INTERPOL to enhance the speed, quality and effectiveness of information exchange between INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters and its 190 member countries have come into force.

The provisions, which incorporate the latest technical innovations, determine the conditions for the sharing and processing of information whilst respecting an individual’s fundamental human rights, as outlined in Article 2 of INTERPOL’s Constitution.

Unanimously adopted by the INTERPOL General Assembly in November 2011 in Vietnam, the new INTERPOL’s Rules on the Processing of Data, which came into effect on 1 July 2012, apply to any and all information circulated via INTERPOL channels.

“These new rules provide additional guarantees and transparency in relation to the recording and accessing of information in INTERPOL’s databases,” said Joël Sollier, INTERPOL’s General Counsel.

“The unanimous acceptance by the General Assembly of these new rules also demonstrates the commitment of each of our member countries to ensure the efficiency and quality of international police cooperation via INTERPOL.

“With the protection of personal data becoming increasingly important in the day-to-day lives of individuals, INTERPOL’s new regulations provide a benchmark for international standards for information exchange,” concluded Mr Sollier.

INTERPOL was among the first international organizations to recognize the importance of implementing strong data protection measures with the adoption of a resolution in 1982, just one year after the Council of Europe implemented Convention 108 for the protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data.

The new regulations for INTERPOL’s processing of data will also provide the organization with a strong legal basis for the continued upgrading and enhancement of its tools to strengthen police cooperation globally.”

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INTERPOL’s rules prohibit publication of Red Notices requested by Egypt for NGO workers

April 24, 2012

INTERPOL on April 23, 2012 released the following:

“Egyptian request for Red Notices denied

LYON, France – The INTERPOL General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon, France has refused a request by Egyptian authorities to issue Red Notices, or international wanted persons alerts, for 15 individuals with links to several US-based non governmental organizations (NGOs) after ruling that it would be in violation of the Organization’s regulations.

Following a review, INTERPOL’s Office of Legal Affairs concluded that the request is not in conformity with INTERPOL’s rules, notably Article 3 of INTERPOL’s Constitution under which it is ‘strictly forbidden for the organization to undertake any intervention or activities of a political, military, religious or racial character.’ This prohibition is taken extremely seriously by INTERPOL.

In addition to determining that the Red Notices may not be published, the review also concluded that no information about the individuals, 12 American, two Lebanese and one Jordanian national, which was circulated by the Egyptian authorities via diffusions, be maintained in INTERPOL’s databases.

Following the diffusion sent by the Egyptian authorities, all 190 INTERPOL member countries were advised that a legal review of the request was being conducted, and all 190 member countries have now been updated as to the General Secretariat’s decision to refuse the Red Notice request.

Similarly in the interests of transparency and openness, now that the review process is complete the General Secretariat can confirm this decision publicly.

In refusing Egypt’s request for these Red Notices, INTERPOL has respected its rules and regulations, however there has been much ill-informed speculation about this case and INTERPOL’s role.

This is not the first time that misleading and erroneous information has been circulated by individuals and organizations looking to further their own agenda or raise their profile on the back of false allegations made against INTERPOL.

Anyone seeking the truth about INTERPOL’s involvement, or otherwise, in any matter should contact the organization directly in order to ascertain the facts, rather than making statements based on ill-founded rumour and speculation.”

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The author of this blog is Douglas C. McNabb. Please feel free to contact him directly at mcnabb@mcnabbassociates.com or at one of the offices listed above.