Irish Gov't Asks for EU Support in Blocking Adequacy Status
PRIVACY LAW—EU & ISRAELJuly 19, 2010
Ireland's Minister for Justice (MoJ) Dermot Ahern will ask the EU to back Ireland in its attempt to prevent data transfers to Israel, reports The Irish Times. Though the European Commission plans to grant Israel adequacy status under its data protection directive, allowing for the transfer and storage of European citizens' data in Israel, the MoJ has expressed "profound concerns." The EU declaration allowing for the data transfer was set to happen two weeks ago, but the Irish government objected, citing recent events involving fake Irish passports and alleged Israeli assassins. "I think it's important that we put down a marker, which we have, that given the history, we in Ireland are worried," said Ahern.