Procedure for requesting information from Interpol
Upon our request, the Commission for the Control of Files (CCF) will check whether there is an entry against you in the Interpol Information System (IIS). If this is the case, the Commission will check on the basis of the information provided by us whether this entry needs to be corrected or deleted. Should such an evaluation require further information, the Commission will send us a request to do so and we will draw your attention to this. If the Commission decides that an update or deletion of the entry must actually take place, it will contact the General Secretariat (IPSG).
What is the legal basis for the right of access?
The functions of the CCF are regulated by the Statute for the Control of Interpol’s Data. The Statute confers on it the exclusive competence to evaluate applications of this kind in accordance with Article 28. In view of the relevance and sensitivity of this task, it is fundamental that the Commission is legally obliged to carry out the tasks assigned to it independently of external influence. In addition, the Commission is obliged to treat all information as confidential.
What are the content-related requirements for the right of access to the CCF files?
The request for information must be submitted in writing to the CCF in one of the recognised languages: Arabic, English, French or Spanish. The requesting body will then examine the admissibility of each application and inform the applicant within one month whether the application is admissible. It is important that a copy of the identity card and all the information in the questionnaire is provided. The reason for the request must also be explained in a plausible manner. If the application is declared inadmissible, the CCF will explain the reasons to the applicant and as a general rule, give the possibility to submit missing documents and information.
If the application is admissible, the CCF will check whether the applicant’s data are in the Interpol system. If data are available concerning the applicant and if the request for access, correction or deletion has been submitted, the conformity of the application with the Interpol rules will be checked. If it is determined that an entry exists, the applicant will be informed accordingly. In certain exceptional cases, the CCF is prohibited from providing information on an existing arrest warrant issued by Interpol. These include, but are not limited to, the following cases:
- For the protection of public or national security or to prevent crimes;
- In order to protect the confidentiality of an investigation or prosecution;
- To protect the rights and freedoms of the applicant or third parties;
How long does it take to evaluate an application?
In order to find out whether there is an entry against you and exactly what it involves, the Commission takes about four months to process. If an entry is updated or deleted, you must expect at least nine months. We will keep you informed of any developments. Send us your request and we will start the process as soon as possible.
How can I assign the law firm Schlun & Elseven?
Our law firm specializes in extradition law and we have obtained information from Interpol in numerous cases and arranged the deletion if requested. Our clients hire us from all over the world. A personal appearance in our office is not necessary. Since for some clients travelling cannot be carried out without risks, we are glad to visit them to discuss the further procedure personally. The costs of our activities depend on the scope of the case and will be communicated in advance.
All you have to do is send us the following documents/information:
- Power of attorney
- Description of the situation
- Relevant documents
- Copy of your passport
Please tell us in detail why you think there may be an interpol entry against you. We will then evaluate this information and forward the application to the Interpol Database Control Commission (CCF). Please add any documents and records that may be relevant. On this basis, we will then make a request for access to Interpol’s database to find out whether an entry actually exists. If there is an entry, we will request an update or deletion.