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The basic objective of the Schengen system is to facilitate movement of citizens amongst the member states and to remove obstacles to free trade by abolishing checks at the common internal borders. Thus, the Schengen system undoubtedly simplifies the lives of the citizens of the European Union and, at the same time, provides a basis for closer judicial and police cooperation in the EU and also serves as an inspiration for the regulation of asylum policy.

The task of the Office for Personal Data Protection in the area of Schengen cooperation is to supervise compliance with the principles of protection of personal data processed particularly through the Schengen Information System (SIS) and to guarantee the rights of the persons to whom the processed data are related.

The objective of this website is to provide a brief overview of the duties of the entities processing personal data within the SIS (i.e. particularly police bodies) and also on the rights of data subjects and the manner of exercising these rights, also in relation to other Schengen states.

Comprehensive information on Schengen (partly also in English) and the role of other involved authorities is available on the website at

The Office for Personal Data Protection closely cooperates with its counterparts in other Schengen member states. This is realized either on bilateral basis or within the coordinated meetings of representatives of all national supervisory authorities organized by the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS). This form of cooperation is set in the new legal framework to the Schengen Information system of the second generation (SIS II) operating since April 2013 and replaced the previous cooperation within the Joint Supervisory Authority (JSA). The aim of coordinated supervision is to supervise the technical support function of the SIS II, to examine any difficulty of application or interpretation that may arise during the operation of the SIS II and to study any problems that may occur with regard to the independent supervision by the national supervisory authorities or in the exercise of the right of access to the SIS.

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PDF file Guide for exercising the right of access
PDF file Activity Report of the Schengen Joint Supervisory Authority (December 2005 – December 2008)
PDF file Activity Report of the Schengen Joint Supervisory Authority (January 2004 – December 2005)



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