Framework for EU police and judicial data cooperation published

Jeremy Phillips

The Official Journal of the European Union has now published Council Framework Decision 2008/977/JHA of 27 November 2008 on the protection of personal data processed in the framework of police and judicial cooperation in criminal matters. It’s 12 pages long, with 48 recitals and 30 Articles, and comes into force 20 days post-publication, on 18 January 2009.

The Framework’s objective is to enhance the swiftest and fullest exchange and transfer of personal data for crime enforcement purposes while simultaneously maintaining the highest standards of personal data protection. This ambitious target calls for an imaginative, innovative approach as well as an acute sense of balance.

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