Data Protection Bill Published – Further Work to be Done

The long awaited draft Irish Data Protection Bill was finally published on Friday 1 February.  While it sets out how a number of key elements of the new data protection law regime will operate in Ireland, the draft will clearly require further work as it contains anomalies and fails to cover important points that will need to be addressed.  Considering that the application dates of the GDPR and the Law Enforcement Data Protection Directive are less than 4 months away and that the draft Bill is overdue, many organisations will be disappointed that what has been published is not closer to a version that could be finalised.  The following are some of the key points arising from this draft (many of which will not be a surprise to organisations who familiarised themselves with the General Scheme of Data Protection Bill that was published in May 2017):

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