Seanad debates

Friday, 18 December 2020

Harassment, Harmful Communications and Related Offences Bill 2017: Committee and Remaining Stages


10:00 am

Photo of James BrowneJames Browne (Wexford, Fianna Fail) | Oireachtas source

Yesterday I brought a Bill to the Dáil which will be before the Seanad in the new year, the Criminal Justice (Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing) (Amendment) Bill. It has requirements that banks will have to share personal information with State bodies. I also refer to other areas dealing with whistleblowing, for example. Consequently, any potential unintended consequences around the word "privacy" must be guarded against. Unfortunately, the word is not defined here and in those circumstances I cannot accept the amendment. I certainly agree with Senator Ruane's intentions and her concerns around the issue of doxxing, which is very serious. I have no difficulty addressing it in future legislation, if that is what needs to be done. I am simply saying that in the context here, the word "private", were we to accept it here today, would potentially have serious unintended consequences.


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