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Schengen Information System

The Schengen Information System and the right of access.

The most important rights that are mentioned in relation to the Schengen Information System (SIS) include the right of each individual to request information on whether and, if appropriate, what personal data are processed on him in the SIS and for what reason and by which authority they were recorded. If the recorded data are proven to be inaccurate, the affected individual has the right to demand their correction or deletion. The right to information and the right to demand correction or deletion of data is also closely related to the right to sue for correction or deletion of data in the SIS or obtaining information on personal data, as well as for compensation for damage incurred in relation to personal data processing in the SIS.

Everyone is also guaranteed the right to request that the national supervisory authority entrusted with supervision over personal data processing in the SIS in any Schengen state review whether and in what manner his personal data are being processed in the SIS. The exercise of this right is governed by the national law of the contracting party to which the request is made. The individual national supervisory authorities ought to closely cooperate when dealing with these requests with the aim to ensure effective exercise of the data subject's rights; indeed, given the international character of the SIS, it is usual that several member states, and thus also several supervisory authorities, are involved in dealing with a specific request or complaint.

In the Czech Republic, the data subject should primarily exercise his rights related to the SIS vis-a-vis the controller of these data, i.e. the Police of the Czech Republic, and specifically the Police Presidium of the Czech Republic, with its seat at Strojnická 27, 170 89 Prague 7 (the Office for Personal Data Protection does not forward requests for information or access to data).

The Office for Personal Data Protection is competent to review personal data processing within the national part of the SIS at the request of data subjects in cases where there is suspicion of an unlawful procedure or where the controller (the Police of the Czech Republic) has not provided a satisfactory response.

More information can be found here (http://www.uoou.cz/uoou.aspx)

A Guide for Exercising the Right of Access in the Czech Republic can be downloaded at the same web page. (http://www.uoou.cz/files/SIS_prirucka_pro_vykon_prava_en.pdf)