Minister of Justice Charlie Flanagan jointly submitted the planned Data Protection Bill 2018 with Minister of State for data security, Paul Breen. The bill is proposed to cancel Data Protection Acts 1988 as well as 2003 when it passes through the Legislative body. The exception to this cancellation is any personal data which is preserved for international relations and national security reasons.
Announcing the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
The latest Data Protection Bill is envisioned to set up the stipulations of GDPR into Irish law. Though GDPR becomes law all over Europe on 25 May 2018, different states do have the independence to make some add-ons of their own.
In Ireland, some of the subject matter of the previous Data Safety Acts is being kept. This subject matter includes the condition that enforced access requests, the exposing of private data without authorization and the releasing of personal data that wasn’t properly maintained, will remain as felonies.
This is beside the clauses of GDPR itself. The Bill also lets non-profit organizations record a grievance with the Data Protection Commission for a data subject. In this situation, there will never be a payment of material reparation, but an order may be put in place or a pronouncement may be made.
Coping with the Changes
Staffing levels will carry on to increase in the Data Protection Commission, to aid cope with the fresh rules and the higher levels of Administrative Authority that accompanies them. It’s interesting to notice that there will also be the supplementary money of 4 million Euros for the commission, in 2018.
The fresh Irish Data Protection Bill is now set to be deliberated in Parliament, with the purpose that it will be set up by the time that GDPR becomes law, in May 2018.