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Employment Rights and Data Protection

This section covers all the key areas of Employment Legislation. The topics dealt with range from Rights and Contracts to Labour Relations and Termination and Redundancy.

Data Protection (Amendment) Act, 2003

 A Summary Guide to the Data Protection (Amendment) Act, 2003.

The main Irish law dealing with data protection is the Data Protection Act 1988.  The 1988 Act was amended by the Data Protection (Amendment) Act 2003. The 2003 Amendment Act brought our law into line with the EU Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC.

 The main changes in the 2003 amendment can be grouped into five categories:

  • new definitions;
  • new rights for data subjects;
  • new responsibilities for data controllers;
  • new rules governing the registration process; and
  • new powers and functions for the Data Protection Commissioner.


By order- SI No. 207 of 2003 - made by the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform - Data Protection (Amendment) Act 2003 (Commencement) Order 2003 - the provisions of the Amendment Act will take effect from 1 July 2003 except the provisions relating to registration (section 16 of the Act) which will take effect following a consultation process.


For further information please visit the Data Protection Commissioner website

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