European Data Protection Digest

Ireland Seeks EU Support in Blocking Adequacy Status

PRIVACY LAW—EU & ISRAEL

July 23, 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.
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