9 June 2021

Law enforcement access to financial data – off the beaten track

This is the sixth webinar in the new Enforcing Europe - Webinar Series 1.

The Webinar Series is co-organised with the University of Luxembourg within the framework of the joint research project MATIS (co-funded by FWO and FNR).

The Webinar Series is in media partnership with Privacy Laws & Business.

Article 2 of the Treaty of the European Union enumerates the values the European house is founded upon. Some of those values, like democracy, rule of law and respect for human rights are reflected in principles such as the equality of Union citizens, the Union citizenship, or the binding effect of the Charter of Fundamental Rights. These principles and rights are then further developed in Union's secondary law, such as the General Data Protection Regulation.

However, without proper enforcement, EU law risks becoming a dead letter. When the foundations are weakened, the entire building becomes shaky. This webinar series will, therefore, be interested in how does (or does not) the EU protect its foundations and make sure that the values, principles, and rules of primary law are respected and enforced in the secondary law and in the Member States.


In the sixth and final webinar of Series 1, we will speak about the law enforcement access to financial data and the related (and somewhat unknown) data protection intricacies. How long, and why, are our bank records retained? What kind of inferences can we make out of them? What is the difference between the Financial Intelligence Units and law enforcement authorities? Does the GDPR or the LED apply to them? How widely are our financial data being exchanged in EU and worldwide? What is the role of Europol in all that? And many, many other questions.




  • Chiara Bacci (European Commission, DG FISMA, Financial Crime)
  • Max Braun (Director of CRF (Financial Intelligence Unit), Luxembourg)

  • Maxime Lassalle (postdoctoral researcher, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law)
  • Mario Guglielmetti (European Data Protection Supervisor, Policy and Consultation Unit)


ModeratorJuraj Sajfert (VUB/University of Luxembourg) 


Time: 9 June 2021, 12:30 - 14:00 (Brussels time)

Venue: online. The platform, together with the link to attend the event, will be communicated to the registered participants in due course.

Registration: The event is free to attend but registration is required. Should you face any difficulties with the registration form, please send an e-mail to info@brusselsprivacyhub.eu

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