Gov't Group Wants Breach Notifications, Sanctions
PRIVACY LAW—IRELANDMay 28, 2010
A government-appointed review group has concluded that data controllers should face sanctions for deliberate or reckless breaches of data protection law, reports The Irish Times. The Data Protection Review Group recommends the creation of a statutory code of practice outlining when data controllers must disclose that a breach has occurred and stating that failure to disclose a breach leads to prosecution. Minister for Justice Dermot Ahern welcomed the report, saying that measures to help prevent data breaches will boost consumers' confidence in e-commerce. He will now consider the report's recommendations at the EU level before deciding if Irish legislation needs to be updated, the report states.