European Data Protection Digest

Opinion: Privacy Bill 2006 Falls Short of Real Protection

PRIVACY LAW—IRELAND

September 27, 2012

After Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence Alan Shatter said he will revisit a previously abandoned privacy bill, Dublin City University Prof. Column Kenny writes in a letter to The Irish Times that Privacy Bill 2006 would “allow editors to defeat the spirit of the (Irish Press) Council’s Code of Practice.” Kenny writes that a provision in the code “appears to permit only those whose privacy has been invaded to make complaints about gross intrusion,” noting that “if editors begin to weigh up the material benefits of such invasions against the inability of the Press Ombudsman to do much more than merely scold transgressors, then the press could “give politicians an excuse to pass the Privacy Bill 2006.”
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