Community Policing in the Light of the New European Data Protection Legal Framework

  • Philippe JougleuxEmail author
  • Georgios Leventakis
  • Lilian Mitrou
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Criminology book series (BRIEFSCRIMINOL)


Our analysis of community policing focuses on the impact of the new Data Protection Package that will enter into force in May 2018. We identify and discuss the implications of both the General Data Protection Regulation (2016/ 679/ EU-GDPR) and the Police and Criminal Justice Authorities Directive (2016/680/ EU -PCJA Directive), as due to the hybrid nature–function of community policing platform/ applications both legal instruments will be applicable. We insist on legal provisions of GDPR concerning information and transparency duties, application of data protection principles, consent of involved persons, processing requirements as well as rights of data subjects that may be affected by community policing information applications and activities. In this context we analyse new principles and obligations such as accountability as well as privacy by design, obligation to carry data protection impact assessment, designation of a data protection officer, etc. With regard to the analysis of PCJA Directive we considered and assessed the legal obligations in the light of the specific duties and tasks of police authorities with focus on categorization of personal data and accuracy. As case study we analyse the way the INSPEC2T project has dealt with the legal issues identified. In our conclusion we emphasize the importance of an adequate and balanced data protection framework on community policing. However we point out the potential issues that may arise due to cumulative application of two different legal frameworks (GDPR and PCJA Directive) and the lack of clarity of some, basic duties.


Community policing Privacy Personal data General Data Protection Regulation Police directive Data protection impact assessment Data protection by design 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Philippe Jougleux
    • 1
    Email author
  • Georgios Leventakis
    • 2
    • 3
  • Lilian Mitrou
    • 4
  1. 1.School of LawEuropean University CyprusNicosiaCyprus
  2. 2.Center for Security Studies (KEMEA)Greek Ministry of InteriorΑthensGreece
  3. 3.University of Aegean, School of ScienceLesbosGreece
  4. 4.Department of Information and Communication Systems EngineeringUniversity of the AegeanLesbosGreece

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