The Legislation Programme for the current government was published by the Government Chief Whip on 8th June 2016. The programme includes provision for a Data Protection Bill to give effect in Irish law to the General Data Protection Regulation (‘GDPR’). Heads of a Bill are stated to be expected by the end 2016.
One might expect that as the GDPR is a Regulation having direct effect across the EU, the introduction of any accompanying local legislation would be relatively straightforward. However, the challenges of legislating for it are varied and complex, so it is essential that the new Bill receives very careful attention from the current partnership minority government.
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