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Europe Data Protection Digest | European countries agree to share forensic data to aid law enforcement Related reading: Molloy: Sharing videos of alleged shoplifters violates PIPEDA

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The information within Ireland’s national DNA Database System will be shared with other European countries in order to assist in law enforcement investigations, TheJournal.ie reports. The European Council approved the agreement between the EU member states, Iceland and Norway. The countries will share forensic data with one another to combat crime. Minister Charles Flanagan said the agreement will be useful in the prevention of terrorist activities; however, a balance is needed to ensure citizens’ personal rights are respected. “The mutual assistance arrangements in place in our national legislation ensure that personal data of Irish citizens accessed by other States will have the same level of safeguards as would apply to such data in respect of criminal investigations within this jurisdiction,” Flanagan said.
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