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This site and its content are the copyright of Europol with the exception of the legal instruments.

The Europol name and logo are the exclusive property of Europol. They are protected under international law and unauthorised use is prohibited.

The materials provided in this web site may be used for private purposes. For use, reproduction or transmission for purposes other than private use, please request permission from EUROPOL.

General Disclaimer

Europol has the exclusive right to alter, limit or discontinue the site or any material. Europol also has the exclusive right to deny any user access to this site or any part of the site without notice.

Europol will accept no responsibility or liability for the material on this site. Europol does not guarantee the accuracy, completeness or timeliness of the information displayed.

Europol will not take any responsibility for disruptions caused by technical problems resulting from the use of this site or any linked external site, or any problems arising from the use of information on this site.

Privacy Notice

One of your rights under EU law is that you must be informed when your personal data - also known as personal information - is processed (collected, used, stored) by any organisation including Europol. You also have the right to know the details and purpose of that processing.
The Europol website is our most important communication tool. Here we communicate our work, news and information to the general public.

Some of the services offered on our website require the processing of your personal data.

Here we give you a general overview of some of the ways this website processes your personal data including the use of cookies and social media.

Europol is committed to user privacy. All personal data collected by Europol are processed in accordance with the provisions of Regulation (EU)  2018/1725 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2018 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data by the Union institutions, bodies, offices and agencies and on the free movement of such data, and repealing Regulation (EC) No 45/2001 and Decision No 1247/2002/EC.

Your personal data and our website

Although you can browse through the Europol website without giving any information about yourself, in some cases, personal information is required in order to provide the services you request. Europol is the data controller of the processing operation concerning the collection of personal data submitted in our website forms by users. This includes names, contact details as well as the content of the information sent. Within Europol, the request containing your personal data is accessible only to authorised members of Europol staff. You are entitled to access the personal data Europol holds about you and to have them rectified where necessary. In certain cases, you also have the right to have your data blocked or erased or to object to their processing. To exercise any of these rights, please use the contact us page on the website.

We keep the case the information received via online forms- including your personal data - for up to three years. This is without prejudice to possible longer conservation for the purpose of ongoing communication with the requester.

The European Union's family of institutional websites, within the '' domain, provides links to third party sites. Since we do not control them, we encourage you to review their privacy policies.

For site security purposes and to ensure that this service remains available to all users, all network traffic is monitored to identify unauthorised attempts to upload or change information or otherwise cause damage or conduct criminal activity. To protect the system from unauthorised use and to ensure that the system is functioning properly, individuals using this computer system are subject to having all of their activities monitored and recorded by personnel authorised to do so by Europol.

Anyone using this system expressly consents to such monitoring and is advised that if such monitoring reveals evidence of possible abuse or criminal activity, personnel may provide the results of such monitoring to the appropriate authorities.

Social Media

We use social media to present our work through widely used and contemporary channels.

Our use of social media is highlighted on Europol’s website.

Cookies may be collected by the social media buttons linked on our website, either when our website loads on your device or from social media services embedded in our webpages.

Each social media channel has their own policy on the way they process your personal data when you access their sites. For example, if you choose to watch one of our videos on YouTube, you will be asked for explicit consent to accept YouTube cookies; if you look at our Twitter activity on Twitter, you will be asked for explicit consent to accept Twitter cookies; the same applies for LinkedIn and Facebook.

If you have any concerns or questions about their use of your personal data, you should read their privacy policies carefully before using them.


Europol Facebook  account is managed by the Europol Communication Unit and is used for information purposes only.

The use of Facebook by Europol, including the Facebook hyperlink, does not in any way imply endorsement of Facebook and/or its Data Policy.

Europol recommends that users read the Facebook Data Policy which explains Facebook's policy of data collection and processing, the use of data by Facebook and includes a list of users' rights and the ways in which they can protect their privacy when using Facebook.

The Europol Twitter  account is managed by the Europol Communication Unit and is used for information purposes only.

The use of Twitter by the Europol, including the Twitter hyperlink, does not in any way imply endorsement of Twitter and/or its Privacy Policy.

Europol recommends that users read the Twitter Privacy Policy  which explains Twitter's policy of data collection and processing, the use of data by Twitter and includes a list of users' rights and the ways in which they can protect their privacy when using Twitter.

Translation disclaimer

The Europol website language translation service uses translation software powered by Google Translate and offers materials that were translated by third parties. Reasonable efforts have been made in order to provide accurate translations. Translations are provided as a service to users of Europol website, and are provided "as is." No warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied, is made as to the accuracy, reliability, or correctness of any translations made from the source language into any other language. Some content (such as images, videos, Flash, etc.) may not be accurately translated due to the limitations of the translation software.

The official text displayed on the website and in all materials is the English version of the Europol website. Translations, including Google Translate used in the website, may give other, possibly unintended meanings to the text. If any questions arise concerning the accuracy of the information presented by the translated version of the website or any material, please refer to the English version, which is leading. Any discrepancies or differences created in the translation of the original text are not binding. Europol does not accept liability for translations of the original text. Using a translation machine, or a material in a language other than English is therefore at your own risk.

This service may contain translations powered by Google. Google disclaims all warranties related to the translations, express or implied, including any warranties of accuracy, reliability, and any implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose and no infringement.

Please be aware that if you further disseminate the translation result, you may also be obliged to adhere to the Google requirements, and you are obliged to refer to this disclaimer.

In any case Europol retains ownership of all intellectual property rights to the content at this website and all material. The materials provided in this website may be used for private purposes provided that it identifies Europol as the author and owner of the copyright. For use, reproduction, or transmission for purposes other than private use, please request permission from Europol.