European Data Protection Supervisor Peter Hustinx is cautioning that interoperable systems could result in police databases being used for different purposes, thus running counter to EU data protection laws, Out-Law.com reports. Under EU law, personal data may only be collected for "specified, explicit and legitimate purposes and not further processed in a way incompatible with those purposes," the report notes. In his new opinion, Hustinx cautions, “Although the introduction of interoperability will not lead to new databases, it will necessarily introduce a new use of existing databases by providing new possibilities of access to those databases.”
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