Data Protection Law

External Links:

Irish law dealing with data protection is the Data Protection Act 1988.  The 1988 Act was amended by the Data Protection (Amendment) Act 2003 – web version.  An administrative consolidation  of the law is available here.

The 2003 Amendment Act came into line with the EU Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC.

The GDPR text can be found here and 12 point  GDPR summary

Privacy Shield self-certification here and a useful guide here

Irish Data Protection Commissioner website here

United Kingdom Information Commissioner’s office  here

Electronic Privacy Regulations

The ePrivacy Regulations 2011 (S.I. 336 of 2011) deal with data protection for phone, e-mail, SMS and Internet use.  They give effect to the EU e Privacy Directive 2002/58/EC (as amended by Directive 2006/24/EC and 2009/136/EC).
SI 192 of 2002 – which has been replaced by SI 535 – is available for reference.
SI 535 of 2003 and SI 526 of 2008 – which have been replaced by SI 336 of 2011.
An informal consolidated version of SI 535 of 2003 and SI 526 of 2008 is available for reference.

Regulations under the Data Protection Acts


S.I. 658 of 2007 – The fee you must pay for Registration / Prior Checking
S.I. 347 of 1988 – The fee that an organisation may charge for an Access Request (€6.35) and the fee for a certified copy of a Register entry (€2.54)


S.I. 657 of 2007 – Who must register
S.I. 351 of 1988  – Registration Forms
S.I. 350 of 1988  – Period of Registration (1 year)

Restrictions on Right of Access

S.I. 82 of 1989 – Health data
S.I. 83 of 1989 – Social Work data
S.I. 95 of 1993 – Functions of the Central Bank and of the Consumer Agency. Various functions performed by auditors etc under the Companies Acts
S.I. 81 of 1989 – Information on adopted children and information the Public Service Ombudsman gets during an investigation
S.I. 421 of 2009  – Functions of the Director of Corporate Enforcement and inspectors appointed by High Court or Director of Corporate Enforcement

Prior Checking of Processing

S.I. 687 of 2007 – Processing of genetic data in connection with employment

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