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07 April 2017

The Commission for the Control of INTERPOL’s Files adopts new operating rules

LYON, France - The Commission for the Control of INTERPOL’s Files held its 100th session, from 27 to 29 March 2017, during which its new Operating Rules were adopted.

The meeting also marked the beginning of the mandate of its seven members elected during the 85th INTERPOL General Assembly held in Bali, Indonesia, in November 2016:

Supervisory and Advisory Chamber:

Mr Jean FRAYSSINET (France), member with expertise in data protection

Mr Rabah MIRA (Algeria), member with expertise in electronic data processing

Requests Chamber:

Mr Vitalie PIRLOG (Moldova), lawyer with data protection expertise

Mr Isaias TRINDADE (Angola), lawyer with international police cooperation expertise

Mr Petr GORODOV (Russia), lawyer with international criminal law expertise

Mr Leandro DESPOUY (Argentina), lawyer with human rights expertise

Ms Sanna PALO (Finland), lawyer with judicial or prosecutorial expertise

The Commission is an independent body entrusted with the following three functions:

  • ­ensure that the data processed in INTERPOL’s files complies with applicable rules and fundamental rights of individuals;
  • ­provide advice on matters involving the processing of personal data, and;
  • ­examine individual requests for access to INTERPOL’s files, as well as requests for correction or deletion of data.

Since its first session in 1986, the role of the Commission has gradually expanded, and in 2008 it was incorporated into INTERPOL’s Constitution, establishing it as an official body of the Organization.

In November 2016, the General Assembly adopted the new Statute of the Commission which profoundly reformed its composition, structure, and procedures. This new legal framework, which entered into force on 11 March 2017, reinforces the Commission’s supervisory and advisory functions, while strengthening its ability to provide an effective remedy for individuals with regard to data concerning them possibly processed in INTERPOL’s files.

Among other provisions, the Statute of the Commission calls for reasoned decisions to be taken within clearly specified deadlines, and which are binding on the Organization.

During its 100th session, the Commission elected Mr Vitalie Pirlog as Chairperson, presiding over both Chambers, Ms Sanna Palo as Vice-Chairperson and Rapporteur of the Requests Chamber, and Mr Jean Frayssinet as Rapporteur of the Supervisory and Advisory Chamber.