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Council backs data protection changes

A set of amendments proposed by the Council of Ministers to EU data protection would allow exemptions for data to be used for scientific purposes.

The Council made several amendments to the data protection law proposed by the European Parliament at  a meeting on December 4, including specific provisions for researchers or journalists wanting to use data.

The proposal was initially prepared by the European Commission in 2012, under the condition that “nothing is agreed, until everything is agreed”. The Parliament’s committee on civil liberties, Libe, then passed amendments that MEPs said would secure personal data protection and increase individual privacy.

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