Data Protection Bill passed after Seanad accepts 105 amendments from Dáil

‘Controversial data-protection legislation has been passed by the Oireachtas after the Seanad accepted 105 amendments from the Dáil.

The Data Protection Bill was initiated in the Seanad, but when it went to the Dáil its members amended a number of sections of the legislation, including the controversial provision that increases the digital age of consent from the Government’s preferred choice of 13 years to 16 years.

The Bill has been passed as new rules come into force on May 25th through the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation to give individuals more control over their own data and place more responsibility on companies that use the data.’