Data Protection Commissioner
Data Protection Commissioner
 
Schengen Convention
 
The Schengen Convention is an agreement among many European states which allows for the abolition of systematic border controls between the participating countries. It also includes provisions on common policy on the temporary entry of people (including the Schengen Visa), the harmonisation of external border controls, and cross-border police and judicial co-operation.
 
Ireland has applied to take part only in the police and criminal judicial co-operation measures and not the common border control and visa provisions.
 
Schengen Information System (SIS)
 
The Schengen Information System (SIS) is a database set up to facilitate the exchange of data on people's identities and descriptions of objects that were either stolen or lost. It is available to the authorities in the participating countries. It is accessible by them only to the extent that they take part in the Schengen arrangements.
 
An enhanced system - SIS II - entered into operation on 9 April 2013.  SIS II is already implemented in all EU Member States, with the exception of Cyprus, Croatia and Ireland. SIS II is also implemented in four Associated States: Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein.
 
Ireland is carrying out preparatory activities to integrate into the SIS II for the purpose of law enforcement cooperation. This will entail access to the SIS II database.
 
Supervision
The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) has been responsible for the data protection supervision of the European Agency for the operational management of large-scale IT systems in the area of freedom, security and justice ('eu-Lisa'), which is entrusted with the operational management of the central unit of SIS II, since the system first became operational on 9 April 2013.
 
In order to ensure supervision coordination for the second generation Schengen Information System, representatives of the national Data Protection Authorities ('DPAs') and the EDPS meet usually twice a year (SIS II Supervision Coordination Group ). Ireland participate in the activities of the SIS II Supervision Coordination Group as observers only.
 
Access Rights
 
Any person who believes that his or her personal information are recorded in the Schengen Information System (SIS II) may make an access request to any of the contracting parties to the Schengen acquis.
 
As Ireland has not yet implemented access to SIS II (for law enforcement purposes), access requests should be redirected to the relevant national authority of any of the countries participating in the Schengen free travel area. SIS II is already implemented in all EU Member States, with the exception of Cyprus, Croatia and Ireland. SIS II is also implemented in four Associated States: Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein.
 
There is comprehensive information on Access Rights to SIS II & Data Protection available at