Structure and governance

Commission for the Control of INTERPOL's Files

The processing of personal data – such as names and fingerprints – forms a key activity at INTERPOL. It is carried out within a clearly defined legal framework in order to protect both the fundamental rights of individuals and cooperation among police internationally.

The Commission for the Control of INTERPOL's Files (CCF) is an independent monitoring body. It operates in line with a number of official rules and documents and has three main functions:

  • Monitoring the application of the Organization's data protection rules to personal data processed by INTERPOL;
  • Advising the Organization with regard to any operations or projects concerning the processing of personal information.
  • Processing requests for access to INTERPOL's files. 

In 2008, the INTERPOL General Assembly voted to amend INTERPOL's Constitution to integrate the CCF into its internal legal structure, thereby guaranteeing its independence as an official body of the Organization.

See full information about the CCF – how it works, your rights, and resources


The current President of INTERPOL is Mireille Ballestrazzi

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Ronald K. Noble

The current Secretary General of INTERPOL is Ronald K. Noble

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Legal background

INTERPOL's structure is defined in its Constitution (Article 5)

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