Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone
Conall Ó Fátharta reported in the Irish Examiner that the Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone had acknowledged the “distress” suffered by adopted and illegally adopted people who are being denied access to personal information that State bodies hold.
Mr Ó Fátharta reported:
The Department of Children and Youth Affairs said Ms Zappone is aware “of the challenges being experienced by Tusla in relation to the release of information”.
“Tusla is obliged to adhere to the GDPR and data protection legislation in relation to the release of information which may identify a third party,” said the statement.
“Tusla must assess its own legal responsibilities in this respect and apply this to individual cases.”
Solicitor who specialises in data protection Fred Logue tweetz:
“I am probably going to have this chiseled on my tombstone but I’ll say it again, there is nothing in GDPR that says you don’t have a right of access to your personal data if it could identify another person.
“In fact such an exclusion was proposed by the European Council in early drafts of the GDPR but was not accepted by the EU legislator.”
Previously: ‘To Ensure That It Can’t Be Found’