The first post in this series discussed the roles of the different bodies within INTERPOL and how they work. Today’s post will detail how Red Notice subjects primarily interact with INTERPOL. 

Red Notice Law Journal has previously discussed the fact that Red Notice subjects’ main concern is the Commission for the Control of INTERPOL Files (CCF), as this is the body that considers requests for the removal and correction of data. The CCF is is responsible for complaints related to INTERPOL’s database system. It determines whether certain information, such as Red Notices, diffusions, and other types of notices, should be included in INTERPOL’s databases. The CCF may decide to delete the data, add an addendum to a Red Notice, or make other changes to notices. 

The CCF comprises seven members appointed for a five-year term. Members are appointed because of their expertise and allow the CCF to carry out its mission completely independently. They are generally lawyers with experience in data protection, international police matters, international criminal law, human rights, or senior judicial or prosecutorial roles.

Red Notice subjects will often submit requests to the CCF for 

  • Access to information potentially held by INTERPOL’s information system. The CCF will generally disclose the information requested pending a consultation with the data source. 
  • Correction/deletion of information potentially being processed in INTERPOL’s files. 
  • Revision of a previous decision made by the Commission. The CCF can review new, relevant information relating to an earlier decision if that information was submitted in a timely fashion and would have made a difference to the CCF’s consideration of the case.  

Our next post will discuss INTERPOL’s next election coming up in November 2024, and how this could affect INTERPOL notice subjects. 

As always, thoughts and comments are welcomed.