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.

27 November 2013

Fair Trials International report on INTERPOL – Comments of the Chairman of the Commission for the Control of INTERPOL’s Files (CCF), Billy Hawkes

The CCF – INTERPOL’s independent oversight body - welcomes the Report as a thoughtful contribution towards improving the protection of the rights of individuals who are sought through INTERPOL channels, notably through the Red Notice system.INTERPOL’s legal framework – notably through Articles 2 and 3 of the Constitution – already incorporates recognized...