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NCJ Number: 134433 Find in a Library
Title: Regulating the Use of Personal Data in the Police Sector
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 31
Publication Number: ISBN 92-871-1587-7
Sale Source: Council of Europe
Manhattan Publication Co.
P.O. Box 650
Croton, NY 10520
United States of America
Type: Guideline
Language: English
Country: France
Annotation: This booklet presents Recommendation Number R(87) 15, adopted by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on September 17, 1987; it pertains to Council member states' regulation of the use of personal data in the police sector.
Abstract: The Recommendation presents eight basic principles that govern police use of personal data. One principal addresses control and notification. One component of this principle states that each Member State should have an independent supervisory authority outside the police sector to be responsible for ensuring respect for the principles contained in the Recommendation. The second principle focuses on data collection. It states that the collection of personal data for police purposes should be limited to that necessary for the prevention of a significant danger or the suppression of a specific criminal offense. The third principle, which covers data storage, advises that the storage of personal data should be limited to accurate data and to such data as are necessary for police to perform their lawful tasks. Other principles pertain to police data use; the communication of data; publicity, right of access to police files, right of rectification, and right of appeal; length of storage and data updating; and data security. This booklet also provides an explanatory memorandum that interprets each principle.
Main Term(s): Confidential records access
Index Term(s): Foreign police; Police management; Police records; Records management; Right of privacy
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