EU privacy watchdog sues lawmakers over new Europol mandate
The European Union’s in-house privacy watchdog has sued lawmakers over legislation that would effectively wipe out its previous enforcement against Europol, the bloc’s law enforcement agency.
In June, MEPs and national governments enacted a reform of the regulation governing Europol that would have the effect of retroactively legalizing the very data-handling practices that the EDPS had ruled unlawful.
The proposal to allow Europol to sidestep the EDPS order — introduced by the French presidency of the Council of the EU — caused an uproar at the time, especially as the new mandate also expanded the agency’s ability to exchange data with private companies and develop its own artificial intelligence tools.
Now, in a first for the watchdog, the EDPS has gone a step further, filing a legal challenge with the Court of Justice of the EU.
Source: EU privacy watchdog sues lawmakers over new Europol mandate – POLITICO