Commission Suspends Data Transfers to Israel
PRIVACY LAW—EUSeptember 3, 2010
The European Commission has suspended its plans to allow the storage of personal data on European citizens in Israel. Justice commissioner Viviane Reding yesterday moved to halt the immediate adoption of an EU declaration that Israeli data protection systems are in line with European Standards, The Irish Times reports. The plan had elicited criticism from Irish Minister for Justice Dermot Ahern, who expressed concern about the nation's data protection standards. The move to allow such transfers was expected to pass, as Ireland has been the only EU state to express resistance. A spokesman for Reding indicated the proposal would see more discussion, stating, "A decision has been delayed."