European Data Protection Digest

Family Members Charged with Breaching Act

PRIVACY LAW—IRELAND

December 23, 2011

A retired garda has admitted to asking a family member who worked for the Revenue Commissioner to look up the files of those who had filed claims against the firm he worked for as a private investigator, the Irish Examiner reports. Adele McKeown has pleaded guilty to disclosing personal data to her father and father-in-law in separate incidents, the report states. McKeown has been charged with four additional counts of disclosing personal data. Members of the public should not have to worry that information stored about them will be made public, said Judge Patrick McCartan, applying the Probation Act and ordering that each defendant pay €1,000 to a children's hospital. 
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