Two publications have been released which should give more clarity on the future of data protection.
Ireland’s Data Protection Bill 2018
The first is the Data Protection Bill 2018, published on 1 February. The Bill gives effect to two new EU regulations: GDPR and a regulation on the processing of personal data for law-enforcement purposes.
Notably under the Bill, people will be able to seek compensation in the Circuit Court for breaches of their data protection rights. Only private-sector bodies will be exposed to fines under GDPR. Public bodies will only be subject to fines when they are acting in competition with a private company.
Tom Hulton, Chair of the Association of Data Protection Officers said: "It is great to see the bill published, as it helps to provide data controllers and processors with further detail on how Ireland will implement the elements of GDPR subject to local regulation. We look forward to having the Act itself which will provide further certainty. The ongoing investment in the Data Protection Commission is welcome as are the increased rights and protections for data subjects"
To view the Data Protection Bill 2018 in full click here.
Your questions answered on GDPR
As the date for GDPR approaches, the European Commission has also launched a website in plain-English to answer your questions on the reform of data protection rules.
There are sections for citizen’s rights and the rules for businesses and organisations. Infographics and videos as well as a PDF library complete the resources.
Have your questions answered about GDPR and view the website here.