The Joint Supervisory Authority of Schengen, hereafter called the JSA Schengen, was a supervisory body established on the basis of art. 115 of the Convention Implementing the Schengen Agreement responsible for overseeing the technical support of the functionality of the Schengen Information System (SIS) used primarily for the control of passenger traffic at the borders of countries that have joined the Schengen system.
The JSA Schengen has not only supervised the function of SIS technical support, but also investigated any problems arising during the SIS operation. The task of drawing up opinions and harmonizing legal practice and interpretation at the national level in accordance with the Council of Europe Convention No. 108 on the protection of persons with regard to the automatic processing of personal data and the Recommendation of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe R (87) 15 of September 17th 1987 on the use of personal data in the police sector.
In connection with the launch of the second generation Schengen Information System (SIS II) and its new legal bases, Regulation (EC) No 1987/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 December 2006 on the establishment, operation and use of the second generation Schengen Information System (SIS II) and Council Decision 2007/533 / JHA of 12 June 2007 on the establishment, operation and use of the second generation Schengen Information System (SIS II), the JSA Schengen has been replaced by the Group coordinating the supervision of SIS II.
The Group coordinating the supervision of SIS II comprises representatives of national data protection authorities and the European Data Protection Supervisor who, acting within their competence, cooperate as part of their tasks and ensure coordinated supervision of SIS II.
The tasks of the Group devoted to SIS II supervision include:
- exchange of relevant information;
- mutual assistance in carrying out controls and inspections;
- analysis of difficulties in the interpretation or application of SIS II regulations;
- examination of problems related to exercising independent supervision or exercising the rights of data subjects;
- drawing up agreed conclusions on common solutions to problems;
- disseminating knowledge about the protection of personal data
More information on the work of this group is available on the website of the European Data Protection Supervisor: