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Ministers Consider Warnings Ahead of Sanctions

DATA PROTECTION—EU

January 16, 2013

European justice ministers will consider a “two-strikes” rule for data breaches, reports IDG News Service. The Irish Presidency of the European Council published a paper on Monday asking the ministers to discuss making fines “optional or at least conditional upon a prior warning or reprimand,” the report states. The paper will be discussed at the Justice and Home Affairs Council in Dublin this week. Digital rights group EDRi says a two-strikes system wouldn’t protect citizens and would give companies and state authorities “carte blanche to breach our rights…In other words, do what you want; the worst that can happen is that you will receive a warning.”
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