Sep 022010
 
 September 2, 2010  Non-U.S., Surveillance

Objections levied by Irish European officials have put a stop to Israel gaining recognition for its data protection and access to sensitive information.

The European Commission has announced it has halted a proposal to allow Israel access to potentially sensitive data on European Union citizens following concerns expressed by the Irish representatives.

The unexpected move saw the Commission withdraw the application to effectively recognise Israel’s data protection standards as being on a par with those enjoyed in the EU, thereby limiting the state’s access to EU citizen’s information.

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The Irish objections were raised after it emerged Israeli agents had used forged Irish passports in the murder of a Hamas operative. The events eventually led to the expulsion of an Israeli Diplomat, and a breakdown in Irish/Israeli relations.

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