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The Irish government has expressed "profound concern" about European Commission plans to grant Israel adequacy status under its data protection directive, The Irish Times reports. Adequacy status would allow for the transfer and storage of European citizens' sensitive personal data in Israel. Earlier this year, Europe's Article 29 Working Party released an opinion that Israel "guarantees an adequate level of protection" and an EC committee sought to confirm the status in the coming days. However, Irish Minister for Justice Dermot Ahern moved to block approval, saying that recent events involving fake Irish passports should be considered. "It may well be the case that Israel provides data protections which meet EU standards," a spokesman for the MoJ said. "But the minister believes the EU committee has to take very serious account of forgery of EU passports...by Israel in recent months."
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