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Brexit must not jeopardise data protection arrangements across Ireland – Ó Donnghaile

14 June, 2017 - by Niall Ó Donnghaile


Speaking after this morning’s Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice and Equality which debated pre-legislative scrutiny of the Data Protection Bill. Sinn Féin Senator Niall Ó Donnghaile has said that Brexit must not be allowed to jeopardise the current EU guidelines and directives that exist regarding data protection across Ireland, North and South.

Seanadóir Ó Donnghaile said;

“The impending and unwanted disaster that is Brexit permeates negatively across every aspect of life here in Ireland and data protection is no different.

“During the course of this morning’s pre-legislative scrutiny of the Data Protection Bill I raised concerns that any decision by the British Government post-Brexit to move away from the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) presents obvious problems for Irish citizens and businesses moving and operating across both sides of the border.

“Data protection is already an area of concern and contention amongst broader society. As a result of Brexit, there is now the additional uncertainty to privacy and data protection.

“The threat posed by Brexit to data protection needs prepared for now and mitigation measure put in place.

“The best way to ensure those protections and to build upon them further is to achieve Special Designated Status for the North within the EU.”

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