Police and law enforcement professionals frequently experience barriers to information sharing as a challenging aspect of their PVE work. Often, legislation is considered to be the primary obstacle, a thought that has likely gained in popularity after the EU-wide implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Directive 2016/680.
This ex post paper aims to illustrate that it is not the legislation itself that poses a barrier to information sharing, but a lack of adequate legislation that should give rise to concern. Police deserve a clear and proper legal framework, without which they cannot be expected to work in an effective or efficient manner.
Once this framework is in place, police can begin to focus on the more secondary causes of insufficient information sharing, such as the lack of a “common language” of radicalisation, the absence of a shared sense of urgency, and insufficient awareness of the roles, responsibility, and professional culture of other PVE actors. Read more