Changes to INTERPOL’s Rules on the Processing of Data

The Rules on the Processing of Data (RPD) regulate the international exchange of criminal data between 194 countries, via INTERPOL’s Information System.

INTERPOL provides some insight into why it recently launched a review of the RPD.


Keeping up with an increasingly digital world

INTERPOL stresses the need to ensure that the RPD “continue to meet the needs of international police cooperation in a digital world.”

This includes ensuring the RPD keep up with developments such as big data technologies, open-source intelligence and the increasing interconnectivity of systems, whilst also ensuring that human rights and privacy are not compromised.


INTERPOL Working Group

The INTERPOL Working Group on the Processing of Information held a meeting in Lyon, France in March 2019, to “lay the groundwork for its review of the RPD over the coming years.”

Delegates from 36 countries in Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe took part in the meeting along with legal experts and national practitioners in the area of international police cooperation.

During the meeting, the Working Group reviewed the current set of RPD, which were adopted by INTERPOL’s member countries during the General Assembly meeting in 2011 and went into force the following year.

The Group were also briefed on strategic projects under development which could potentially affect how INTERPOL and its member countries share and use data.

The Working Group will report on the progress of its review of the RPD at the INTERPOL General Assembly in October in Santiago, Chile.

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