Tuesday, 6 March 2018
Data Protection Bill 2018: Committee Stage (Resumed)
Senator Alice-Mary Higgins surmised much of what I was going to say to the Minister. It might just be legislative fatigue at this stage, but I did not hear anything from the Minister which convinced me that there would be repercussions for public bodies or other entities in breach of data protection rules, regardless of whether it was a one off or consistent.I did not hear anything from the Minister that would convince me that there will be repercussions for public bodies or other entities which breach data protection regulations, whether once, numerous times or consistently. What are the incentives that will discourage such entities from repeating the offences? We are not saying this for the craic; there are serious and well known examples of large-scale data protection issues and losses by public and other entities. At the risk of being the most hated man in Seanad Éireann, I am minded to push the amendment, but I would rather hear something from the Minister to ensure the issues raised by Senator Alice-Mary Higgins will be addressed.