This file photo taken on July 01, 2011 shows the Europol headquarters, the alliance of the European Union police and a multinational research organization, in The Hague.
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European Union police agency Europol Wednesday blamed human error for a breach of its data security rules by a former staff member that reportedly led to dossiers containing information about terrorism investigations becoming visible online.Dutch investigative television show Zembla reported that a Europol staffer – in a breach of the agency's tight security rules – took dossiers home and copied them to a backup drive linked to the internet.The breach could undermine faith in the organization among EU member states that share highly sensitive intelligence with Europol as a way of boosting continent-wide investigations into terror and organized crime.
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