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Cambridge Analytica revelations underline deficiencies in Data Protection Bill to protect citizens - Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD

20 March, 2018 - by Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Justice Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire has called on Minister Flanagan to significantly redraft the Data Protection Bill in light of the revelations surrounding Cambridge Analytica.

Teachta Ó Laoghaire said;

“On the back of Channel 4’s revelations regarding Cambridge Analytica and their apparent role in the influencing of voters in both the Brexit referendum and Trumps election, it underlines the significant deficiencies in the Bill.

“In particular, the Bill does not properly define when data can be used for political purposes, and leaves it wide open to abuse. Citizens should know who has their data, and what it is being used for, and should be in a positon to consent.

“In addition, the Minister has created very significant carve outs from the GDPR, and far too much ministerial discretion. It seems highly likely that numerous challenges will be taken to the ECJ on the back of this legislation; and unless there are significant changes, Sinn Féin will be opposing the Bill.

“We also need to be watchful for the use of such tactics in the future referendum campaign. Any possibility of that, and data being abused, must be taken very seriously.

“We have learned about this thanks to the outstanding work of Carole Cadwalladr, and whistle-blower Christopher Wylie; however questions must also be asked of Facebook, and how they allowed this to happen."

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