You may recall when former Justice Minister Alan Shatter and Independent TD Mick Wallace appeared on RTÉ’s Prime Time on May 16, 2013, to talk about the penalty points report and the appearance of former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan at a Public Accounts Committee meeting earlier that day.
During their discussion with presenter, Pat Kenny, Mr Shatter accused Mr Wallace of having been stopped while driving by the gardaí in May 2012 and claimed he benefitted from garda discretion.
The Data Protection Commissioner subsequently found Mr Shatter broke the law by disclosing personal information about Mr Wallace on the show.
This morning, RTÉ reports:
Former Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has begun an appeal against a decision of the Data Protection Commissioner that he breached the Data Protection Act.
Mr Shatter says the information about Mr Wallace was given to him orally by the then Garda Commissioner when no other person was present.
He said he did not make any written note of what he was told and retained the information solely in his head.
His lawyers said he was concerned about how the Data Protection Act could be used to regulate information retained solely in a person’s mind.
Previously: Breaking The Law On Prime Time