The Department of Justice and Equality have published the General Scheme of the Data Protection Bill 2017. This Bill is designed to give effect to, and provide for derogations from, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

It also transposes the Law Enforcement Directive (2016/680) which concerns the processing of personal data for the purposes of the prevention, investigation, detection or prosecution of criminal offences, and the free flow of such data. The Bill is still at a preliminary stage and is likely to change considerably before it is enacted. In quite a few areas, the detail has been pushed into proposed secondary legislation. The most notable features of the Bill are the new powers and enforcement procedures (Part 5).

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