European Data Protection Digest

Regulatory Tweak Hampering Fisheries Research

DATA PROTECTION—EU

June 7, 2012

A change to one of the European Union’s rules is causing fisheries scientists to struggle for access to data, Nature.com reports. Raw data from devices used to monitor fishing vessels is no longer available to some scientists, the report states, as a result of a 2009 European Commission rule stating bodies in charge of fisheries data may only release information aggregated over areas measuring about 5.5 kilometres. “This is now a serious problem for us. We’re asked to give the best possible advice, and if you do not have highly detailed data, you end up having a problem,” said a marine biologist at a UK university in the journal Fish and Fisheries.
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