Data Protection Law


The entry into force of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights made data protection one of the fundamental rights of all Europeans.  Article 8.1 of the charter provides:

“Everyone has the right to the protection of personal data concerning him or her”

Article 8.2 of the Charter goes onto outline what a right to data protection means, stating that personal data:

“…must be processed fairly for specified purposes and on the basis of the consent of the person concerned or some other legitimate basis laid down by law. Everyone has the right of access to data which has been collected concerning him or her, and the right to have it rectified”

As noted above the EU Commission has proposed a regulation and a directive to give effect to these rights and to discharge its obligations under Article 16 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU

As present Ireland has a number of different data protection laws:


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