Highly sensitive files mysteriously disappeared from EUROPOL headquarters

A batch of highly sensitive files containing the personal information of top Europol executives mysteriously disappeared last summer, according to a report by POLITICO. The files, which included information on Europol Executive Director Catherine De Bolle and three deputy directors, went missing from a secure storage room at Europol’s headquarters in The Hague. The European police launched an investigation into the security breach, which is still ongoing.

The disappearance of these files poses a serious risk to the impacted individuals and to the agency’s operations, including its investigations. An unsettling aspect emerged when a citizen discovered some of the files in a public place in The Hague.

It is still unclear how long the files have been missing or who is responsible for the security breach. Following the breach, the agency head of Human Resources, Massimiliano Bettin, was placed on administrative leave.

POLITICO speculates that the files could have been taken to damage Bettin, citing internal conflicts within the agency. EUROPOL has notified the impacted individuals and the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) about the incident.

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