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This piece in The Irish Times profiles European member of Parliament (MEP) Jan Philipp Albrecht, who was among the first of the MEPs to support the decision to toss out the data retention directive recently. Albrecht credits his youth with helping him understand the implications of certain technologies. At 31 years old, he grew up with the Internet and was among the first wave of lawyers to be trained in the area. “Now, the whole question of how we combine legal issues with technical issues has become so important. There is a need for people who can understand and explain the technology environment in which we live,” Albrecht says, adding he’s confident the new data protection regulation will be passed by 2015.
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