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Regulatory Tweak Hampering Fisheries Research

DATA PROTECTION—EU

June 11, 2012

Skating on Stilts reports that sometimes the European Union's blanket privacy laws have unintended consequences, and the latest victims are fish. A 2009 change to the law means some fisheries records are now considered personally identifiable information and that data can be held for no more than three years. "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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