Regulatory Tweak Hampering Fisheries Research
DATA PROTECTION—EUJune 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.