The Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan, and the Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection, Pat Breen, have recently announced publication of the Data Protection Bill 2018.
The Bill, when enacted, will:
- Give further effect to Regulation (EU) 2016/679 GDPR of the European Parliament on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data
- Establish a body to be known the Data Protection Commission
- Repealing Directive 95/46/EC (General Data Protection Regulation)
- Give effect to Directive (EU) 2016/680 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 20162 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data by competent authorities for the purposes of the prevention, investigation, detection or prosecution of criminal offences or the execution of criminal penalties, and on the free movement of such data
- Repeal Council Framework Decision 2008/977/JHA and for those and other purposes to amend the Data Protection Act 1988; to provide for the consequential amendment of certain other enactments; and to provide for related matters
Of perhaps most general interest are the protections the Bill will provide to the individual through giving effect to the GDPR… ‘The GDPR gives emphasis of transparency, security and accountability by data controllers and processors, while at the same time standardising and strengthening the right of European citizens to data privacy’ the DPC states.
To drill into the various issues related to data protection the ART 29 committee provides an abundance of material.
The WP29 listed the items below for analysis and have completed many of them
- Administrative fines
- High risk processing and Data Protection Impact Assessments
- Notification of personal data breaches
- Tools for international transfers
- Personal data breach notifications
The GDPR 2016/679 will be in force 25TH May 2018. Take some time now (if you have not already done so!) to look at data protection requirements in your business/organisation.
For advice on data protection, including the GDPR, contact me Donnacha T. Anhold at Carter Anhold & Co., Solicitors (Sligo and Dublin) at +353 71 9162211