European Data Protection Digest

EDPS: Interoperable Databases Could Contravene Laws

PRIVACY LAW—EU

May 2, 2013

European Data Protection Supervisor Peter Hustinx is cautioning that interoperable systems could result in police databases being used for different purposes, thus running counter to EU data protection laws, Out-Law.com reports. Under EU law, personal data may only be collected for "specified, explicit and legitimate purposes and not further processed in a way incompatible with those purposes," the report notes. In his new opinion, Hustinx cautions, “Although the introduction of interoperability will not lead to new databases, it will necessarily introduce a new use of existing databases by providing new possibilities of access to those databases.”
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